What does topdress mean and why is it done?
Topdress means to spread a layer of sand or sand plus organic material over the turf surface. The material is then redistributed by dragging a mat or section of chain link fence to move the sand from the high spots to the low spots. Topdressing evens the surface of the field, helps prevent thatch build up by providing a more favorable environment for microorganisms, and prolongs the effects of aeration by physically preventing hole closure. Topdressing is done routinely on golf greens and is used on sports fields and other fine turf when soil compaction or thatch problems develop.
Having “stickers” in your yard can be quite the nuisance. Stumbling upon a patch of stickers while walking barefoot is a painful experience. Plus it’s painful for your four-legged family members! Formally known as lawn burweed, these winter annuals are no fun to deal with.
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.
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.
Mississippi State University Extension professionals offer training and expertise annually at a research field day, and the event will happen in 2020, just differently.
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.