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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.

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.

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.

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
pepper
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?
lawn
Many wonder if newly laid sod should be quickly fertilized to help speed establishment.
Winterizing Your Southern Lawn
grass
Winterizing is an attempt to toughen plant tissues for the winter freezes much as you would add antifreeze to your car’s radiator for freeze protection.
Soil Test in Fall or Winter
test
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.
Results are only as good as sample
spot
The chemical analysis of a soil sample has been worked out and calibrated so that the numbers reported mean something useful to the client. However, the results are only as good as the sample is representative of the area and crop’s root zone.
Ironing Your Turfgrass
Although the earth’s crust is about 5% iron (Fe), we still see iron deficiency in plants. This may be because of a problem with the plant roots, soil and/or environment. This publication includes tips on how to care for your turfgrass. (PDF Format Only)
Replanting Storm-ravaged Landscapes Begins
Landscape
Landscapes damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita can be revitalized. LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dan Gill talks about what can be done to repair the damage.
Beware Of Lawn Winterizers, Cautions LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
Louisianians who winterize their lawns in October need to be especially careful at reading the nutrient label on the fertilizer bag, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
Nitrogen in Lawn Fertilizers
Plots with nitrogen fertilizers
Nitrogen is the chief nutrient and controller of plant growth in average soils. It is provided in several commercial fertilizer forms.
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