Grass Turf

June 12, 2017

Home lawns represent 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s 2, 000, 000 acres of turfgrass. Lawns increase the property value of homes and stabilize soils (thereby preventing soil erosion in the residential environment). This page contains publications on lawn establishment, maintenance, pest management, and other problems.

According to the most recent Pennsylvania turfgrass survey, 2 million acres of turfgrass are maintained in the Commonwealth and approximately 1.4 billion dollars are spent annually on turfgrass establishment and maintenance. To help meet the demands of this large and growing industry, the turfgrass extension program provides services for individuals who make their living managing lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, parks, and grounds. The Professional Turfgrass Management page provides information and links of interest to lawn care professionals; landscape contractors; golf course superintendents; athletic field managers; grounds maintenance supervisors; and representatives of the turfgrass seed, chemical, and equipment industries.

This site is designed to have an interactive approach to facilitate your needs. The more you know about the plant in question, the faster you can achieve your results. This site provides users with identification and control options for numerous but not all plants relevant to the Turfgrass industry of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Tests of commercially-available turfgrass cultivars and experimental selections are conducted annually at Penn State to provide turfgrass managers, seed industry representatives, county agents, and other interested persons with information about turfgrass characteristics and performance. This page contains reports on the performance of Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescues, and bentgrass cultivars and experimental selections. Entries in these tests were supplied by National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP). Keep in mind that the results of these tests reflect cultivar performance for the management regime imposed at this site and environmental conditions in central Pennsylvania.

Home to one of the largest research programs exclusively focused on the management of athletic fields, Penn State has all of information you need. This includes information for managing both natural and artificial turf fields.

Penn State is recognized as a leader in the field of turfgrass science throughout the world. From the release of 'Penncross' creeping bentgrass to the 'A' and 'G' series, we have are at the forefront of research and development for golf courses.

Penn State offers a variety of turfgrass related services including soil and water testing, disease identification, and others. This section provides you with information about each of these services.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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