UNL holds an annual workshop on turf and lawn management during Summer heat

Posted By: Jason Taylor

jtaylor@klkntv.com

LINCOLN, Neb. UNL held a workshop today to help your lawn battle the summer heat.

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture had their Annual Turf Grass Research Day on East Campus and they have a few valuable tips on taking care of those lawns.

Several hundreds of turf grass managers and homeowners from around Nebraska learned about the newest techniques and latest research on grass management.

"We want to make sure that people are managing turf you know, in an environmentally responsible way but also doing it in an economically responsible way." Said Bill Kreuser UNL Extension Turf Grass Specialist

Graduate student DJ Michael helps manage the East Campus turf facility. He has some tips on lawn care during summer heat that may be a little different than one would think.

"A lot of diseases are caused by over watering. So maybe cut back on some of your watering and only water when you see visual signs of stress. Cut back on mowing. We recommend the one–third rule, which we never remove more than one–third of the blade." Said UNL Graduate Student DJ Michael

He says this results in less stress to the lawn. Also it’s good to have a water budget, write down how much you use, apply and lose each day.

"You can do this by having a bowl of water, so you can know how much water is lost. That kind of gives you a sense of how much water is in your soil and just going out. And visually looking at it, does it look dry?" Said Michael

Another common problem lawns will have is weeds, especially in the summer. People will often mistakenly apply herbicide to control summer weeds like crab grass during the summer when the weeds are mature.

"It’s going to be harder to control because it’s older. So you will have to use a higher rate and you will bring in the likelihood, or you’ll increase the likelihood of injuring your desirable species." Said Cole Thompson UNL Integrative Turf Grass Specialist

He says the preferred strategy is to use herbicide when its pre mature in the spring just like you would in the fall for dandelions to control it for the next spring.

UNL’s Department of Agronomy and Horticulture will hold a homeowner field house on August 13th.

Here is a link to their website for more information about lawns and turf management: http://turf.unl.edu/