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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.
Best Management Practices - Pest Management
An abundance of weeds, diseases and insects plague Louisiana’s home landscapes. The adoption of BMPs and integrated pest management (IPM) will reduce these problems.
Stella de Oro
Daylily Rust Control with Biofungicides
Daylily is an economically important nursery crop for Louisiana growers. It was relatively disease-free before the arrival of daylily rust in 2000. Commercial growers and homeowners rely solely on fungicides for rust control, which is expensive and time consuming. Biofungicides are biological or bio-rational alternatives that control disease by different modes of action. If effective, they can reduce control cost and provide resistance management tools.
Group photo of people in front of large camellia
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.
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.
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.
Results of the 2013 Bell Pepper Trials
Bell peppers were grown at Burden to determine a good-quality sweet peppers that readily matured into a color other than green.
Other Sod Farming Resources
Several useful and applicable reference articles for sod farming.
Fertilize in August, Horticulturist Recommends
As we move into August, heat and humidity make you think twice before working outdoors. In wet summers, the extra turf growth and extra mowing also may squelch your enthusiasm. But spending less time in your yard could lead to a loss of general soil fertility.
Horticulturist Prescribes Fertilizing High-traffic Bermudagrass Athletic Fields
(Distributed 7/25/03) Fertilization is one way to promote rapid recovery of worn turf areas on athletic fields. But time is running short to restore the grass, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
Transition Out of Winter Overseeded Turf, Advises LSU AgCenter Horticulturist
If you overseeded your lawn or athletic fields last fall, you should help your turf out of that "fix," says LSU Agricultural Center horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske. The warm-season grass will be trying to re-establish itself as the cool-season, overseeded grass grows strong.
Best Buy on Grass Seed
It takes some knowledge and research to select turfgrass species and varieties that are adapted to your site and that will perform well under their intended use and time of planting.
Red coloring from anthocyanin pigments
Phosphorus Management in Louisiana Turfgrass
Phosphorus (P) is a major essential nutrient in plants and soils, but is often eyed as an element of concern. Following our BMPs for P fertilization should yield adequate growth, color and pest resistance without harmful pressures on our water’s quality.
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.
Fertilizer Spreader
Time to Fertilize Your Lawn
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.
Growing Lantana
Growing Lantana in Louisiana
Information on culture, watering, fertilization and several other topics of Lantana camara (common lantana), Lantana hybrids and Lantana montevidensis (trailing lantana).
Poinsettia Care and Selection
Poinsettia Care and Selection
Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima), the leading floricultural crop in the United States since the mid-1980s, are one of the primary trademarks of the Christmas season. This publication includes information on plant selection, varieties, placement and care in the home, and care after Christmas for poinsettias. (PDF Format Only)
Peas at a CSA near Shreveport
CSAs: Alternative Marketing for Growers
Community Supported Agriculture is an alternative marketing method for commercial vegetable growers. Growers sell a share of their anticipated harvest directly to consumers and deliver an agreed-upon portion of their crops to subscribers throughout the season.
Layering in Soils
Layering of very different soil types creates root problems. If you can, always avoid sodding a sand-based root-zone area with native-soil-based sod.
Considerations for Sand-based Turfgrass
Sports turf grown on a sand-based root zone requires special attention since it is sand and not soil. This management is more like a hydroponic culture.
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