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Why is my grass thinning out?

Shade is the cause of most stand losses. All turfgrasses requires sunlight to grow. If the sun does not hit the ground, consider shade tolerant ornamental or ground covers. Soil compaction is the second most frequent cause of stand loss. Check for compaction by forcing a 6 inch bladed knife or screwdriver into moist soil. You should be able to push the blade in with just your thumb over the end of the handle. These two factors are responsible for 80 percent of turf problems in Mississippi.

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Filed Under: Insects-Forage Pests, Turfgrass and Lawn Management August 10, 2018

Sod production is a year-round process for Mississippi producers, and demand is up for this valuable commodity.

Jay McCurdy, turf specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the state’s producers are having a good year with this grass crop.

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Filed Under: Commercial Horticulture, Livestock, Pets, Fire Ants, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests, Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Vegetable Gardens August 10, 2018

Fire ants are everywhere. If you’ve thrown your hands up in exasperation trying to deal with them, don’t give up just yet. (File photo by MSU Extension Service)

Filed Under: Agriculture, Turfgrass and Lawn Management July 19, 2018

MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. -- Turfgrass professionals and others can learn about the latest research during the 2018 Turfgrass Research Field Day and Expo Aug. 21.

The event will be held at the Mississippi State University R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Facility in Starkville.

Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Weed Control for Lawn and Garden March 2, 2018

If you want to get rid of weeds in your home lawn, now is the time to apply herbicides to control them.

Late February and early March is the ideal window to apply pre-emergent herbicides that control various weeds in home lawns. But you want to make sure you buy the right ones and apply them correctly.

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Filed Under: Weed Control for Crops, Turfgrass and Lawn Management October 13, 2017

Mississippi’s sod producers experienced good news and bad news from 2017 weather conditions. Jay McCurdy, turfgrass specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the good news was a modestly warm spring with timely rainfall provided good growing conditions for most of the state’s sod farms. The bad news was the same weather promoted the growth of weeds and fungal diseases.

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