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Diseases of Southern Turfgrasses (PDF)
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.
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How To Choose a Lawn/Garden Tractor - Engines
One of the factors that most affects both the capability of a lawn/garden tractor, and the price, is the engine.
Fertigation Uniformity from Sprinklers in a Nursery
Studies of water distribution uniformity and fertigation uniformity with sprinkler irrigation were conducted in a commercial container nursery. The first phase of the study consisted of determining water uniformity for two sprinkler heights. The second phase consisted of determining fertilizer application uniformity.
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.
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Camellia Garden at the Hammond Research Station
A two-acre camellia garden at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station is now open again, thanks to the efforts of the Tangipahoa Parish Master Gardeners.
Picture of a water collector.
Tune up Landscape Irrigation
A properly designed and operated irrigation system will ensure that the critical factor of soil moisture will be there to sustain healthy plant growth.
Commercial Growing of Greenhouse Tomatoes
Commercial Growing of Greenhouse Tomatoes
This publication includes information on soil preparation, fertilization, training, pruning, nutrient solutions, pollination, harvesting, marketing, and insect and disease control for greenhouse tomatoes. (PDF Format Only)
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Argentine Ant: Feeding Preferences and Strategies
This poster discusses natural feeding preferences, adapted feeding preferences and feeding strategies of the Argentine Ant.
Core aerifier gang.
Soil Compaction in Turf
Areas that receive a lot of traffic usually become compacted. Soil particles are packed closer together, creating a root zone where there is little air, poor percolation of water and a tough medium for roots to grow in. The most effective form of relief for a compacted lawn is core aerification.
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.
Great fields promote great pride.
Athletic Turf Success
There are several things that will give all athletic fields success in keeping adequate turf cover on the field. Simply put, you must grow grass, avoid wearing it out and don’t have a mud pit.
Fairway Maintenance
Two-thirds to three-quarters of the golf game is affected by the green; thus your first dollars should go toward a well-performing green.
TSM adult and eggs
Scouting and Biological Control of Two-spotted Spider Mite
In recent years, IPM programs are becoming more attractive to ornamental growers. Scouting is a key component of any IPM and helps you to (1) detect when pests are first present, (2) make proper control decisions and (3) monitor whether your control practices are effective. Here are some tips on how to scout and practice IPM for the control of one of the top greenhouse pests - twospotted spider mite.
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.
Fire Ant Control
Broadcast Baits for Fire Ant Control
A Southern IPM Center publication. When choosing a broadcast bait to control imported fire ants, consumers and professional pesticide applicators face a confusing array of brand names and active ingredients with varying product performances. This guide addresses common concerns about broadcast baits to help consumers and professionals choose products that best fit their needs and situations. (PDF Format Only)
Thriving Hostas for Southern Louisiana Landscapes
A hosta trial was conducted at the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station from 2009 to 2013 with the objective of selecting hostas for southern Louisiana and similar climate. Top 10 varieties were selected based on four years of evaluation. Varieties that do not return from winter dormancy and those exhibiting stresses are noted as well.
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Sod Production in Louisiana
Interest in commercial sod production has risen because of increased demand for an instant turf by many building contractors and their customers. This publication discusses basic cultural practices and equipment required to produce quality sod. (PDF format only)
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Fungicide Application Recommendations for Pecan Disease Control
The key components of the effective use of fungicides for pecan disease control are timing, coverage and concentration. The updated 2012 fungicide list is included.
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Bug Biz: Twospotted Spider Mites in Strawberries
The twospotted spider mite is one of the most persistent and damaging pest problems affecting strawberry production in Louisiana. Damage, description, life cycle, monitoring, control information and color photos included. Spanish version also included. (PDF Format Only)
Results of the 2013 TSWV-resistant Tomato Variety Trial
Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus-resistant tomato variety were grown at the Botanic Gardens at Burden to determine optimum yields.
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