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Preemergence Options for Crabgrass Control in Louisiana Lawns
Crabgrass infesting bermuda grass

Discusses various types of preemergence herbicides for lawns.

Controlling Burweed in Lawns
Burweed or sticker weed

A two prong approach works best to control burweed or sticker weed (Soliva Pterosperma).

Control of Virginia Buttonweed
Virginia Buttonweed

Virginia buttonweed (Diodia virginiana) is one of the leading weeds of Southern lawns.

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

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.
Acid Soil Problems
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.
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.
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.
Should new sod be fertilized?
Many wonder if newly laid sod should be quickly fertilized to help speed establishment.
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.
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.
Lawn Mower Blades
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
Without good irrigation and resources to do so, allowing your turf to go dormant during extended summer drought may be the best management practice.
Time to Fertilize Your Lawn
Fertilizer Spreader
In mid-April it’s time to do two things – pay taxes and fertilize your lawn. If you’ve already taken care of the taxes, now you should decide whether or not to fertilize your lawn.
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