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Aerifying And Dethatching Lawns, Gregg Munshaw Nov 2014

Aerifying And Dethatching Lawns, Gregg Munshaw

Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications

Lawns in Kentucky will occasionally suffer due to compacted (hard) soils and excessive thatch layers. Although most lawns will not have problems with these issues, you may occasionally need to dethatch or aerify (core) to maintain a high quality lawn.


Irrigation Tips To Conserve Water And Grow A Healthy Lawn, Gregg Munshaw, Brad Lee Nov 2014

Irrigation Tips To Conserve Water And Grow A Healthy Lawn, Gregg Munshaw, Brad Lee

Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications

Turfgrasses are composed of thousands of cells, all containing water, in which metabolic processes such as photosynthesis and respiration take place. Water makes up 80 to 90 percent of the total plant mass. If this level drops below 60 percent, these processes may slow and wilting will occur. Water is critically important for:

  • Maintaining turgidity, which keeps plants standing upright
  • Transporting nutrients and sugars through the plant
  • Chemical reactions
  • Transpirational cooling when water moves out of the leaves and evaporates


Renovating Your Lawn, Gregg Munshaw Oct 2014

Renovating Your Lawn, Gregg Munshaw

Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications

Often a poor lawn can be improved by using proper maintenance practices, including mowing, fertilizing, watering, and pest control. In some instances, however, portions of the lawn must be reseeded. You may consider re-establishing your lawn if:

  • Less than 50 percent of the lawn contains the desired turf.
  • Soil is excessively compacted.
  • You want to replace existing grass with an improved variety more tolerant to pests, heat, and drought (Figure 1).
  • You need to decrease weeds such as bermudagrass or quackgrass.
  • You want to reduce thatch and reseed with a non-thatch forming grass.
  • You want to improve a turf damaged ...


Fertilizing Your Lawn, Gregg Munshaw Jul 2014

Fertilizing Your Lawn, Gregg Munshaw

Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications

Lawns require fertilizer to remain healthy. Proper fertilization practices will lead to a thick, dark green, uniform lawn that is competitive against weed and disease invasions. The nutrients contained in fertilizers are necessary to support many processes occurring within the plants. If any essential nutrient is limiting, the plants will not perform at their highest level.


Liming Kentucky Lawns, Gregg Munshaw, Edwin L. Ritchey Jul 2014

Liming Kentucky Lawns, Gregg Munshaw, Edwin L. Ritchey

Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications

Most homeowners desire an aesthetically pleasing landscape and will take steps to ensure success. Proper fertilizing, watering, and pest control are all steps that will lead to a quality lawn. However, some confusion surrounds when and why lime should be applied to a lawn. Many homeowners believe that lime needs to be applied on an annual basis for a quality lawn. The purpose of this publication is to explain why lime is needed and whether it is required on your lawn.


Considering The Environment In The Maintenance Of Your Kentucky Lawn: A Season By Season Approach, Gregg Munshaw, Paul C. Vincelli Jul 2014

Considering The Environment In The Maintenance Of Your Kentucky Lawn: A Season By Season Approach, Gregg Munshaw, Paul C. Vincelli

Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications

“Going Green” is a buzz phrase that is heard a lot these days. Everything from driving hybrid cars to recycling plastics can be considered going green. But can we go green when it comes to maintaining our lawns? The answer to that question is not all that simple. Most people do not realize the environmental benefits of lawns. Lawns are known to cool the air, reduce soil erosion, remove dust and pollutants (including CO2) from the air, reduce run-off of water and pollutants, create oxygen for humans, and improve soils over time by supplying organic matter. Lawns are also ...