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December 2016

Is It Really Lawn Disease

Is It Really Lawn Disease?

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The best time to assess your turf’s state of health is before mowing. As you pick up fallen twigs or remove other items from the lawn, you should take a careful look at any areas that appear wilted, off-color or stand out from their surroundings. If you do note changes, it might not be disease. For instance, brownout of a cool-season grass during high summer is likely just summer dormancy, which…

Identifying Diseases

Identifying Diseases

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Many diseases will leave bleached-out, dead turf. When this occurs you not only lose the grass, but you also lose the opportunity to determine what caused the problem. How to Spot Lawn Disease Diseases are progressive in nature, especially during hot, humid weather. It is important to check your lawn regularly if you want to spot disease symptoms early on. Look for spots or banding, color changes, or signs of…

There are approximately 10,000 grass species in the world. Only about 50 can make a good lawn!]

Choosing the Right Grass

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Do not buy seed on impulse! Choosing the right grass for your lawn can make the difference between having a low-maintenance, environmentally-friendly lawn versus one that is susceptible to diseases, pests, and weeds. The type of seed you choose depends on several factors: What do you want your lawn to look like? Grasses vary in color, leaf width, habit (characteristic appearance), and density.  Grass color and texture vary by species and…

Which Grass Where

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If you read the research reports from various grass institutes, the number of cultivars of grass species will astonish you.  When you add in the numerous characteristics of each grass, and how each grows under different conditions, the task of selecting the best for your location and intended use can seem daunting.  In addition, with ongoing research, there are always new and improved cultivars.  Avoid confusion by contacting your Cooperative…

Identifying Clues

Visible Clues to Insects

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Knowing your local pests and their life cycles is the key to determining whether lawn damage is due to insects.  The rest is a matter of keeping your eyes open.  Most insects are large enough to be visible, so do not wait for your grass to start dying to find out there is a problem. Look for the Clues The presence of sod webworms may become apparent one evening when…

Cool-Season, Warm-Season, or Transition Zone

Cool-Season, Warm-Season, or Transition Zone

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There is no breed of grass able to thrive on both a Vermont ski slope and a Florida orange grove.  For this reason, grasses are divided into two main groups, cool-season, and warm-season, and then further divided into two subgroups,  transition zone and native. Cool-Season Grasses Cool-season grasses all thrive in northern areas, including Canada, as well as higher elevations farther south.  The main growing period for cool-season grass is in…

Kickball

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Kickball—originally called “Kick Baseball”—is a game similar to baseball, invented in 1917, Nicholas C. Seuss, Supervisor of Cincinnati Park Playgrounds. The game is played like baseball/softball, with the exception that the ball is kicked rather than hit.  The pitcher rolls the ball towards the catcher, the “batter” kicks it with his foot, then runs to first base, becoming a runner.  There is no “official” set of Kickball Rules as all…

Ring Toss

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Ring toss is a fun summer recreational activity. It is simple to play and can provide a family with hours of fun.  The Basics: Toss the ring onto the peg—sounds easy, but it is not. Each player is given 5 plastic rings to use during gameplay. The player may toss or flip the rings one at a time onto the pegs. A ring that lands completely around a peg, scores…

Close Only Counts in Horseshoes …

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It is estimated games with Horseshoes started as early as the 2nd century.  Modern Horseshoes is an outdoor game played between two people (or two teams of two people) using four horseshoes and two throwing targets (stakes).  Players take turns tossing horseshoes at stakes in the ground, which are traditionally placed 40-feet apart.  Modern games use a more stylized U-shaped bar, about twice the size of an actual horseshoe. In…

T-ball

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T-Ball, or Teeball, is a sport based on baseball and is intended as an introduction for children to develop baseball skills and have fun.  The origins of T-ball are not certain, but it is believed to date back to the 1940s or 50s. In T-Ball, the pitcher is usually used for defensive purposes only.  The ball is placed on an adjustable tee atop the home plate at a suitable height…