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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: Turfgrass and Lawn Management August 13, 2020

Mississippi State University Extension professionals offer training and expertise annually at a research field day, and the event will happen in 2020, just differently.

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Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management January 28, 2020

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.

Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Turfgrass and Lawn Management July 10, 2019

Turfgrass managers will soon have an opportunity to learn the latest research from Mississippi State University on landscape care.

Filed Under: Pesticide Applicator Certification, Insects, Turfgrass and Lawn Management January 4, 2019

Agricultural professionals are invited to attend the 2019 General Pest Management Workshop Jan. 24 at the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond.

Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management October 22, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A Mississippi State University Extension Service turf grass expert will lead the Extension portion of a multistate effort to address herbicide resistance in a common weed.

Jay McCurdy, who has served as Extension turf specialist since 2014, is part of a $5.6 million grant project involving researchers and Extension specialists in a 16-state effort to limit the impact of annual bluegrass.

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