After four years of drought, turfgrass has taken a beating. Some people have turned off the water—the turf has turned into a few patches of grass, but mostly weeds, if anything is growing at all (Figure 1.) Others have reduced irrigation amount or frequency resulting in sparse grass and more weeds (often perennial weeds and/or drought tolerant weeds such as bermudagrass, dallisgrass, field bindweed, dandelion, narrow or broadleaf plantain, knotweed, hairy fleabane, star thistle and others.) Other people of course have removed the grass and replaced the landscape without turfgrass. There also has been a concerted effort to get people to reduce the grass in the landscape by painting with a broad brush that grass is a heavy water...
- Author: Gale Perez
A little something Lynn Sosnoskie shared with us... real weeds in artificial/fake turf.
Here's something from Jeannette Warnert [(559) 240-9850, firstname.lastname@example.org] via UC ANR News :: July 15, 2015
The drought needs not be a death sentence for your lawn
While a golden brown lawn is seen as a badge of honor to some residents of drought-stricken California, in fact, they are doing more harm to the environment than good, says UC Agriculture and Natural Resources/h2>
- Author: WSSA
- reposted by: Brad Hanson
Battling Spurge: WSSA Offers Weed Control Tips for Nurseries and Homeowners
Though the economy and housing market have begun to recover in the aftermath of the Great Recession, one unexpected impact still lingers. Landscape nurseries that saw fewer plant sales during the downturn are now battling weeds entrenched in unsold containers of perennials, shrubs and trees.
Some of the most common...
- Author: Cheryl A. Wilen
MSMA is an old herbicide that was sold for both the professional market for postemergence broadleaf and some grasses control in turf. It was also available in the home use market primarily for crabgrass management. However, because one component of the herbicide is arsenic the use of MSMA has been greatly restricted, primarily due to groundwater concerns. It is currently only allowed for use in cotton and limited use on golf courses, sod farms and highway rights of way.
- Golf courses:
– One broadcast application allowed on newly constructed courses.