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Diseases of Southern Turfgrasses (PDF)
Gray leaf spot on St. Augustine

This is the presentation given at the LTA Conference in Baton Rouge on January 6, 2011, which covers the identification and management of common diseases affecting warm-season southern turfgrasses in Louisiana.

Calculating Fertilizer Application Rates
The analysis or "formula" listed on the fertilizer bags tells you what is inside. This information lets you apply the proper amount of fertilizer.

Soil Test in Fall or Winter

Knowing what is in your soil and what it needs is a basic and first step to a good crop and plant health. This off-season time is a good time to get this information and find the products you will require.

Sod Farming is Not Strip Mining

Some people believe a turfgrass sod farm will eventually look like a strip mine because top soil is depleted with each harvest.

Dealing With Salinity
Soil salts affect turf mostly by withholding moisture from plant tissues. They may also compete for uptake of nutrient ions. Try these suggestions to manage a soil salinity situation.
Maintaining Skinned Areas
There is a lot of play on the skinned areas of a ball field. Proper maintenance is required for safety and quality play.
Saving Athletic Fields
A good sports field doesn’t just happen. Even well constructed fields will be worn out if over used or abused.To better sustain your current turf surface this year, manage these prime considerations.
Topdressing Turfgrass Sod
The term ‘topdressing’ is used for both the material used and the process of adding a thin layer of material to the surface of a sod or seed bed.
Best Mowing Practices for Southern Turf
The good mowing practices are okay with most lawns and tall-cut turf. Tall cut grass often has more abuse tolerance by nature of more leaf area and more root mass. Low-cut turf does not have these extended benefits to draw from and requires the best mowing practices to sustain decent quality.
Suggest Maintenance Calendar for Bermuda Athletic Fields
A general overview calendar of Bermuda grass maintenance options for athletic turf managers.
Athletic Weed Control Calendar
A simple calendar for general weed control activities on sports fields.
Other Sod Farming Resources
Several useful and applicable reference articles for sod farming.
Sod Enterprise Budget
sod harvest
This report estimates the cost and return of a centipedegrass sod farm in Louisiana. Materials, inputs and scheduling reflect the average situation in Louisiana.
Safer Sports Possible When Played On Better Turf
Increased emphasis on safer sports turf has evolved greatly over the past years. About 20 years ago, two-thirds of reported sports injuries occurred on practice fields. Those fields were less maintained than game fields.
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