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Pest Management

A common goal shared by most turfgrass managers is to establish and maintain a vigorous, high quality, attractive turf. Limiting the deleterious effects of insects, disease-inciting pathogens and weeds and promoting desirable growth through proper watering, fertilization, mowing and cultural practices, are necessary components of a balanced turfgrass management program

Turfgrass Weed Management
Weeds are the major pests on many turfgrass sites. Weeds compete with turfgrasses for growing space, sunlight, soil moisture, and plant nutrients. Additionally, weeds detract from the natural beauty of turfgrasses due to differences in color, size, shape, and growth habit. Weeds species such as lawn burweed (Soliva pterosperma) and khakiweed (Alternanthera pungens) produce fruit with sharp-tipped spines and can cause injuries to humans. On golf courses, goosegrass (Eleusine indica) and other weeds disrupt the uniform surface of putting greens and interfere with ball roll


Effective turfgrass weed control strategies are dependent upon correctly identifying the problem weed, its life cycle and preferred habitat. Weed species differ in their susceptibility to herbicides and other weed control strategies.

Weed Management

Turfgrass Diseases Management
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Turfgrass Insect Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in the landscape is a holistic program of plant health care that shifts the focus from pesticide use to developing a healthy, vigorous and beautiful landscape. The goal is to avoid rather than treat pest problems on plants by providing the growing environment the landscape plants require to ward off pests.

Proper diagnosis is critical to effectively manage pest problems on ornamentals and turf. It's important to remember that only about 3 percent of insects that occur in turf or ornamentals are pests. The ability to identify both pests and beneficials that reside in managed landscapes is necessary to achieve good pest management.


The purpose of this site is to help the visitor become familiar with both pest and beneficial insects that commonly occur.


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Weed Management
Disease Management
Insect Management
Guide for Interpreting Nematode Assay Results



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