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Spring Lawn Care

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How do you tackle that super fast-growing grass now that the snow seems to be gone this year?

How is your grass growing so far this spring? Learn what you can do to manage mowing, control weeds, fertilize properly, and fix any bare spots that have appeared over winter. Brandon Stith, manager of the Turfgrass Research and Education Facility at Ohio State, joins Tim McDermott for a conversation about how to improve your lawn this season.

We have several free fact sheets available on Ohioline to learn more about making your yard the envy of the neighborhood!

Start with the basics, a lesson in Turfgrass 101 from our Buckeye Yard and Garden onLine contributors.

Some basic tips about getting your lawn in tip-top condition are summarized in this College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences news article.

Follow the Ohio State turfgrass science Facebook page at Buckeye Turf to learn what's happening with faculty and staff in the turfgrass science program throughout the year.

Why should I test my soil  and for what? Soil tests provide more helpful information on soils than any other resource. Testing is an inexpensive way to maintain good plant health in lawns and landscapes, and to maximize productivity of vegetable gardens and fruit crops. Soil test results pinpoint plant nutrient needs and soil test lab recommendations guide fertilizer applications so just the right amount is used. Learn more via our summary about Soil Testing for Ohio Lawns, Landscapes, Fruit Crops, and Vegetable Gardens.

The Turfgrass Resarch and Education Facility at The Ohio State University was built at the Waterman Agriculture and Natural Resources Laboratory Complex with support from the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation. The facility is the hub of diverse education, research, and outreach programs in turfgrass science. It is used by Ohio State’s turfgrass science team, which focuses on the management of turfgrass on golf courses, athletic fields, and home lawns. The 23-acre facility is primarily used by faculty to conduct field experiments, host university classes, and host educational and scientific field days.

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences also has a soil fertility team that partners with farmers, crop consultants, and educators on a wide variety of soil fertility, health and management issues. The team also operates our Soil Fertilty Lab.