Less Availability, Higher Transportation Costs Lead to Increase in Sod Prices

Jim Rogers Turfgrass

By Maria M. Lameiras Prices for sod, including rolls of University of Georgia-bred turfgrass varieties, will be higher for homeowners and landscapers this year. Low inventory of some varieties, combined with economic pressures exacerbated by supply chain and global issues, are pushing the price of a manicured lawn higher this spring. Depending on the specific variety, it might be more …

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Nematode Control Important for Turf Producers

Jim Rogers Disease, Research, Turfgrass

By Clint Thompson The booming housing market in Florida means a spike in sod sales for the turfgrass industry. But it also means increased risk for nematode damage. Billy Crow, University of Florida professor of nematology in the entomology and nematology department, discusses the importance of nematode control. “You’ll have slower growth in which increases the amount of time the …

South Florida Turfgrass Field Day Scheduled for March 31

Jim Rogers Florida, Research, Turfgrass

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Turfgrass research will be highlighted as part of the 33rd Annual South Florida Turfgrass Field Day and Exposition, scheduled for March 31 at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center in Fort Lauderdale. The event is organized in partnership with the South Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. The field day will include tours …

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Registration Ongoing for N.C. State Extension Turfgrass Short Course

Jim Rogers Research, Turfgrass

The N.C. State Extension Turfgrass Short Course will be held April 11-14 at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, North Carolina. Landscape managers, golf course personnel, sports turf managers, master gardeners, homeowners and residents seeking more information are encouraged to attend the four-day course. Faculty in N.C. State’s turfgrass program will cover all aspects of turfgrass management. Topics include …

UF Research: Mixing Turf Varieties Helps Lawns Last Longer

Jim Rogers Florida, Research, Turfgrass

University of Florida research has determined that lawns containing a mix of turf varieties maintained their aesthetic quality longer than lawns with just a single variety. They are better at managing disease and pests. This reduces the need for pesticides, which lowers the environmental impact and financial cost of maintaining turf, said Adam Dale, senior author of the study and …

Nanobubble Technology May Improve Soil Health, Sustainability in the Turfgrass Industry

Jim Rogers Georgia, Research, Turfgrass

By Maria M. Lameiras for CAES News New University of Georgia (UGA) research seeks to discover whether nanobubbles can hold beneficial properties for turfgrass. Led by soil microbiologist Mussie Habteselassie, the Georgia Department of Agriculture-sponsored study will evaluate the potential applications of nanobubble technology to control pathogens and improve plant growth, water use efficiency and soil biological health in turfgrass …

Turf Breeding: UGA, UF Collaborate to Develop Better, Tougher Turf

Clint Thompson Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Turfgrass

By Maria M. Lameiras, Kirsten Romaguera for CAES News When the University of Georgia (UGA) Bulldogs take the field against the University of Florida (UF) Gators for their annual football game on Saturday, the teams will be playing in neutral territory at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. But the grass they are playing on could be considered home turf …

Center Stage: Grass in Olympic Stadium developed by Breeders at UGA-Tifton

Clint Thompson Georgia, Top Posts, Turfgrass

University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus turfgrass breeders’ handiwork is on display during this year’s Summer Olympics. The Japan National Stadium’s field is currently sodded with TifSport bermudagrass, developed in south Georgia. It is one of many grass varieties created and tested at UGA-Tifton. TifSport is a dense, medium- to fine-textured grass bred to withstand the high traffic sports fields …