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When should I dethatch my grass?

Thatch is an accumulation of partially decomposed and undecomposed plant material at the soil surface. Thatch accumulation of less than one-half inch can be beneficial. Thatch accumulations of more than one inch are harmful. Remove thatch whenever it accumulates to more than one inch, but thatch is a symptom, not a disease. Thatch accumulated when something interfered with the microbial breakdown of plant material. If you have a thatch problem, it is usually due to soil compaction, poor drainage, or low soil pH. Alleviate the problem and the thatch will not re-occur.

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Filed Under: Insects-Forage Pests, Insects-Home Lawns, Turfgrass and Lawn Management September 22, 2020

Every year, lawns and pastures become targets for late-summer grass-eating caterpillars, making it important to watch for the usual suspects and some culprits that are less common.

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Filed Under: Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden, Cut Flowers and Houseplants, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Vegetable Gardens, Weed Control for Lawn and Garden August 28, 2020

And just like that, we’re three-fourths through the year! Cooler temperatures will be here before we know it, hopefully sooner rather than later. Even though we all know the heat will stay around a little longer, it’s time to start preparing for fall and winter.

Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management August 13, 2020

Mississippi State University Extension professionals offer training and expertise annually at a research field day, and the event will happen in 2020, just differently.

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Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management January 28, 2020

Since the best-managed sports fields are the safest, the Mississippi State University Extension Service is offering two workshops in February to improve the skills of field managers.

Field management workshops will be held Feb. 11 in Booneville and Feb. 18 in Columbus. Each event lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. with lunch provided. There is no cost to attend.

Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Turfgrass and Lawn Management July 10, 2019

Turfgrass managers will soon have an opportunity to learn the latest research from Mississippi State University on landscape care.

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