Go Back to School and Grow Green

By Susan Littlefield

Youngsters may be looking ahead eagerly to the start of summer vacation, but perhaps gardeners should be thinking about going back to school -- to the Lawncare University, that is.

Lawncare University is a new DVD put together by the Turf Team at Michigan State University. Divided into spring, summer, fall, and turf grass pests segments, the DVD provides great information for home gardeners on mowing, fertilization, weed control, irrigation, dealing with weeds, insect pests, and moles, and much more. Most of the video segments have an accompanying written bulletin that can be downloaded for free. The price for the DVD is $19.95, which includes shipping within the U.S.

Also available at the MSU Turf Web site is a free lawn care tip sheet to download with advice on how to go green while you grow a green lawn. Recommendations include mowing grass at least 3 inches high to crowd out weeds and promote deeper, more drought-tolerant root systems. Leave clippings on the lawn to recycle nutrients, sweeping any that land on walks and driveways back onto the turf.

Lots more helpful lawn care information is available on-line, including information on identifying turf weeds, lawn care without pesticides, and fertilizing home lawns to protect water quality.

For more information on lawn care and information on ordering the Lawncare University DVD, go to: MSU Turfgrass Science Home Gardens.

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