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Mid-South Fertility Newsletter
Issue 1, volume 1, 2014 Mid-South Fertility newsletter.

The LSU AgCenter along with other Mid-South universities have started to produce a newsletter addressing soil fertility of the region. The newsletter is designed to provide regional soil fertility knowledge for producers, extension agents, consultants, private industry, and other researchers.

'Winterize' Your Lawn
Proper fall lawn preparation can mean reduced turf loss to winter kill.

Zoysiagrass
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Zoysias can be the most beautiful and slow growing lawns, but they can also be big problems. These lawns are very dense and uniform in appearance.

Essential Steps When Starting A Southern Lawn
Spring is the time to begin working on a new lawn, and LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske has advice for those undertaking such a project.

Thin Areas in Summer Lawns
Bare areas
When attempting to determine the cause of dying patches of grass during the summer, always check the soil first.
Dealing With Salinity in Lawns
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.
Spring Critical In Establishing Lawn Care Routine
Spring has sprung, and the grass is now growing. But, says LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske, there is usually no good reason to push early growth with lots of fertilizer.
Acid Soil Problems
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Acidic soils (low pH) cause more gardening problems in Louisiana than any other soil factor. They affect so many other soil factors in both pest management and soil fertility.
Should new sod be fertilized?
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Many wonder if newly laid sod should be quickly fertilized to help speed establishment.
Tropical Sod Webworms are Wreaking Havoc on Louisiana Lawns
tropical sod webworm
Tropical sod webworms (Herpetogramma spp.) are creating havoc on home lawns, especially St. Augustinegrass. I am seeing sod webworms and to a lesser extent armyworms in the same yards. At least every other St. Augustinegrass yard in Baton Rouge has some degree of damage. These two moth larvae together have caused more damage than I have ever seen in home lawns.
Weed and Feed Damage
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Weeding and feeding are two different operations. Sometimes they can be done in combination, but not always and not for best results.
Lawn Mower Blades
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A sharp mower blade produces a prettier cut with less stress on the turf plant. Sharpening a reel mower blade assembly is difficult and best left to a professional, but sharpening a common rotary mower blade is not a big problem.
Drought-dormant Lawns
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Without good irrigation and resources to do so, allowing your turf to go dormant during extended summer drought may be the best management practice.
Tune up Landscape Irrigation
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A properly designed and operated irrigation system will ensure that the critical factor of soil moisture will be there to sustain healthy plant growth.
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