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The Purdue Turf Doctor app was developed by experts at Purdue University to help homeowners and land managers diagnose and address turfgrass problems caused by a variety of factors including weeds, insects, diseases,  More...
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This newly expanded guide provides weed identification and control information that turfgrass professionals can use to develop effective weed control programs for golf courses, athletic fields, sod farms, lawns, and o  More...

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This newly expanded guide provides weed identification and control information that turfgrass professionals can use to develop effective weed control programs for golf courses, athletic fields, sod farms, lawns, and o  More...

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This newly expanded guide provides weed identification and control information that turfgrass professionals can use to develop effective weed control programs for golf courses, athletic fields, sod farms, lawns, and o  More...

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Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management is the bestselling guide with expert coverage of basic turfgrass science and all aspects of practical care. Now in its fifth edition, this industry favorite offers the lates  More...

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This publication provides Indiana turfgrass management professionals and golf course superintendents with information to help them (1) properly identify black cutworm, (2) understand black cutworm biology, (3) recognize  More...
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This publication provides Indiana turfgrass management professionals and property owners with information to help them (1) properly identify the most common white grub species, (2) understand white grub biology, (3) reco  More...
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Spring dead spot (SDS) is the most serious disease of bermudagrass. It is a root disease that kills individual plants, thins turf stands, and increases vulnerability to weed infestation. This publication describes the sy  More...
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Summer patch affects Kentucky bluegrass and annual bluegrass on all kinds of turf venues, including golf courses, athletic fields, professional landscapes, and residential lawns. This publication describes summer patc  More...

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This publication provides property owners and turfgrass management professionals with basic information to: (1) properly identify the most common turfgrass insect pests of Indiana and adjacent states, (2) recognize inse  More...
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This publication provides turfgrass management professionals and property owners with information to help them (1) properly identify the most common billbug species with turfgrass in Indiana and adjacent states, (2) unde  More...
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This publication provides turfgrass management professionals with suggestions aimed at minimizing the potential negative impacts of neonicotinoids and other insecticides on pollinators.

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Dollar spot is caused by a fungal pathogen and is a common concern on golf course turf, especially creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass greens, tees, and fairways, where it can result in poor turf quality and appearan  More...
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This publication describes the root knot nematode life cycle, and how to identify and manage them in turf.

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Anthracnose is caused by a fungus that survives and thrives on dead and decaying organic matter, and is primarily a disease of intensively managed annual bluegrass and creeping bentgrass used on golf courses. This public  More...
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This publication will help turf managers know what to look for when they diagnose infectious turf diseases on the course and in the field. Readers will understand the components of the disease triangle (host, pathogen, a  More...
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Japanese beetle infestations are found in rural and urban areas throughout Indiana. This publication describes Japanese beetle habits and how to control them in lawns, ornamentals, and food plants.

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This publication addresses specific procedures for separately calibrating the pesticide sprayer and the fertilizer spreader of ride-on equipment. The goal is to ensure proper application to optimize performance.

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This set of digital flash cards, created in a PDF format designed for smart phones and tablets, helps entomology students recognize and identify the most common insects. It contains 150 insect photographs together with t  More...

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This publication describes the life cycle and identification of yellow nutsedge, and recommends cultural and chemical management options in cool- and warm-season turf for professional turf managers. This publication also  More...
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This publication describes the life cycle and identification of yellow nutsedge and recommends cultural and chemical management options for homeowners. A similar publication is available for turf professionals:  More...
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This publication for both professionals and homeowners explains what to consider when selecting sod, how to prepare a site for sod installation, when and how to install sod, and how to maintain the sod after installation  More...
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Understanding when turf pathogens are active allows turf managers to anticipate disease outbreaks and schedule fungicide applications at the most appropriate times. This publication provides estimates of when important t  More...
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This threepage fact sheet in the Invasive Plant Series provides information on identifying and controlling this poisonous weed. The publication, produced in partnership with the Southern Indiana Cooperative Weed Manageme  More...
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This is a must-have resource for middle and high school students interested in collecting insects. This book shows students how to collect, identify, and display insects and is based on an understanding of principles of  More...

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Powdery mildew is a foliar disease of Kentucky bluegrass and some fescues. The disease is rarely responsible for any lasting damage to turf, so its effects are primarily aesthetic. This publication describes the symptoms  More...
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Despite their threatening appearance, slime molds are not infectious and will not result in anything more than temporary cosmetic damage. This publication describes the symptoms and signs of slime molds and control metho  More...
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Pythium blight can cause considerable turf damage because it spreads quickly and affects the leaves and crowns. Pythium blight occurs during hot, humid days in the summer. This publication provides control and prevention  More...
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Take all patch is a disease of creeping bentgrass that can occur on golf course greens, tees, and fairways. This publication describes take all patch symptoms and discusses a variety of management options.

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The author uses this blog in conjunction with a class as a forum for exploring all subjects touching upon insects and arthropods. Comments are encouraged, but moderated, to encourage a thoughtful community. The author, J  More...
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Shows pictures of different insects that attack vegetables. Tells what plants they attack and what damage they do. Includes comments on some controls.  More...
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Red thread is a foliar disease that usually occurs on taller mown turfgrasses during spring and fall. The disease is often associated with malnourished, low quality, slow growing turf, but the effects of the disease are  More...
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Leaf rust outbreaks are most common on residential lawns and low budget athletic fields. It is largely a cosmetic disease, but its orange spores can be a greater nuisance. This publication describes the symptoms and deve  More...
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Smut diseases, caused by several closely related and highly specialized pathogenic fungi, tend to occur on higher cut turf, so they are often found on residential turf, athletic fields, and golf course roughs. This publi  More...
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Leaf spot and melting out are different diseases with similar symptoms and pathogen characteristics. They both attack Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and tall fescue, and appear to cause the most damage to golf c  More...
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Gray leaf spot is a foliar disease that affects perennial ryegrass and tall fescue. Moderate outbreaks of gray leaf spot result in clusters of thin, off-colored turf. Severe outbreaks, however, will result in the death a  More...
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Brown patch is caused by a fungal pathogen that affects all cool-season turfgrass species. Moderate to severe outbreaks on high-maintenance creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass can result in thin, poor quality turf th  More...
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This publication suggests herbicides and application schedules for controlling broadleaf weeds in the lawn and describes summer lawn care management practices for controlling broadleaf weeds.  More...
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This publication provides a series of suggestions for the non-herbicidal and herbicidal control of crabgrasses and several other annual grasses including foxtail, goose grass, and barnyard grass.  More...
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Controlling annual bluegrass (Poa annua) and rough bluegrass (Poa trivialis) in lawns is difficult, and relies on both cultural and chemical control. This publication describes these weeds and offers management strategi  More...
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Pink snow mold, sometimes knows as Microdochium patch, affects cool season grasses. The publication provides information on characteristics of the disease and disease control options.  More...
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This publication describes how to identify and control the two main categories of perennial grassy weeds: bunch-type and spreading grasses.  More...
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Fairy rings are dark green circular bands in turf caused by numerous soil-inhabiting fungi. This publication describes the symptoms and development of fairy rings, and provides management options.  More...
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Gray snow mold affects all cool season turfgrass species in areas where there are extended periods of snow cover. This publication discusses how to identify gray snow mold, and examines options for controlling the diseas  More...
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Yellow patch, also referred to as cool season brown patch, occurs on creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass. This publication describes yellow patch symptoms and options for controlling the disease.  More...
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Rhizoctonia large patch of zoysiagrass (also called zoysia patch) is the most significant infectious disease of the zoysiagrass species. This publication shows how to identify and manage this turfgrass disease.  More...
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Necrotic ring spot infects the roots of Kentucky bluegrass on golf courses, sports turf, professional landscapes, and home lawns. It is seldom a devastating disease, but outbreaks can disturb the appearance of the turf s  More...
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Homeowners strive for beautiful and productive lawns, and sometimes, despite using good cultural practices, pests get the upper hand. When using pesticides to control pests it's important to follow procedures and know ho  More...

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Not calibrating lawn application equipment is like placing a meal in an oven and setting the temperature randomly. If the over is too high, the food is overcooked; too low, and it undercooked. This publication describe  More...

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Soccer fields are the toughest of all turf areas to manage. This publication highlights several principles of construction and maintenance to help produce a soccer field with good playability and emphasis on player safet  More...
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The Purdue Turf Doctor app was developed by experts at Purdue University to help homeowners and land managers diagnose and address turfgrass problems caused by a variety of factors including weeds, insects, diseases,  More...
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