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AGR-241
Improved Turfgrass Varieties Can Reduce Your Environmental Impact
8/29/2019 (new)

 UK Authors: Gregg Munshaw, Travis Shaddox
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: garden and landscape, turfgrass

Turfgrasses have many benefits, but oftentimes people question if pesticides, fertilizers, and water are justified to sustain a quality turfed area. Although these inputs have long been required to produce thick and dark green turfgrass, some turfgrass breeders have focused on improving the genetics of turfgrasses to produce high quality turf with fewer inputs. Improved turfgrass varieties with increased density, better color, deeper rooting, and improved disease resistance through improved breeding can reduce the overall environmental footprint. Many people select a turfgrass species and variety based on cost, but choosing an improved variety can reduce environment risk and overall maintenance costs in the long-run.

web only | 4 pages | 1,313 words | - | PDF: 4,782 kb



AGR-52
Selecting the Right Grass for Your Kentucky Lawn
8/29/2019 (major revision)

 UK Authors: Gregg Munshaw, Travis Shaddox
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: garden and landscape, turfgrass

The best grass for your lawn is not necessarily the one you like the best, but the one that is best adapted to where you live and will take less work and fewer inputs (water, fertilizer, pesticides). Many people think that since Kentucky is the "Bluegrass State," it's best to grow Kentucky bluegrass across our state. Actually, Kentucky bluegrass is only marginally adapted to our climate and can require more inputs to keep an appealing lawn than some other choices. In general, Kentucky bluegrass can be an option for parts of central and eastern Kentucky, while zoysiagrass may be a better option in western Kentucky. Tall fescue is adapted to the entire state so is a good choice for most locations. Perennial ryegrasses and fine fescues are occasionally useful in different areas of the state, depending on specific conditions.

web only | 7 pages | 2,439 words | 32 downloads | PDF: 4,463 kb



AGR-239
Calibrating Boom Sprayers for Turf Applications
3/12/2019 (new)

 UK Authors: Gregg Munshaw, Travis Shaddox
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: nursery and landscape, ornamental plants,

Calibrating application equipment is something many people avoid because they believe it is too time consuming or that the math involved is too confusing. Calibration, however, is critical. Applying too little can result in poor pest control and can lead to pesticide resistance. Whereas, over applying can be bad for the environment, damage the grass, and wastes money. There are several methods for calibrating sprayers. Choose the one that makes the most sense to you. Three different methods are described below. All these methods are reliable and will provide very similar application accuracy.

web only | 4 pages | 1,993 words | 9 downloads | PDF: 1,075 kb



AGR-238
Establishing and Managing Bermudagrasses in the Transition Zone
11/12/2018 (new)

 UK Authors: Gregg Munshaw, Travis Shaddox
 Departments: Plant and Soil Sciences
 Series: Agronomy (AGR series)
 Tags: nursery and landscape, ornamental plants,

Bermudagrasses have been successfully grown on athletic fields and golf courses in the transition zone for many years. Although each year some level of winterkill threat exists, bermudagrass remains an excellent surface for golf and sports. Seeded varieties of bermudagrasses have been the most common choices in Kentucky due to the availability of seed of good varieties as well as the ease of planting seed versus living plant material. There are, however, several outstanding vegetative bermudagrass cultivars that are adapted to the transition zone.

web only | 3 pages | 1,842 words | 10 downloads | PDF: 900 kb