Snow Mold in Ohio

snow mold

December 8, 2020 | By: Scott Robinson

Microdochium Patch (aka pink snow mold) and Typhula Blight (aka gray snow mold) differ from the many other cool-season turf diseases because instead of being an issue during spring, summer, and fall during warm to hot temperatures, these fungi flourish and damage turf in temperatures of 32 to 60 degrees F. These diseases are typically… ( read more )

Winter Dormant Seeding


November 30, 2020 | By: Randy Tischer

I love winter dormant seedings, probably because I am lazy and don’t feel like putting in all of the work necessary to plant my grass seed the right way – by scratching up the soil with a rake or using a power seeder to do the job. The theory behind dormant seeding is to let… ( read more )

There’s Still Work To Do


October 19, 2020 | By: Gary Snyder

The year is winding down. But there is still plenty to do to ensure your fall ornamental care results in thriving plants come spring. Hopefully, as this season has progressed, you were making notes on which accounts have had disease and insect issues in their landscapes. Some things can be done now to improve these… ( read more )

Time For Aerification


September 14, 2020 | By: Ryan Kopke

Aerification is a necessary practice that all turf managers must endure at some point in the growing season. Core Aeration often occurs at the most inconvenient time on golf courses. With limited labor and maximum disruption to boot. However, the benefits far outweigh the inconveniences. Golfers will often say things like “these things are rolling so… ( read more )

Tips For Ballfields This Fall


August 24, 2020 | By: Dax Gruber

Ballfields this fall will have had little use this year compared to a regular season, but with that, maintenance might have taken a back seat. For all sports field managers with strict budgets this fall, the following are things you can do to significantly help your ballfield for a minimal cost. Do you have worn… ( read more )

You Mite Say I’m Late on This


August 6, 2020 | By: Gary Snyder

I dropped the ball on mite control.  I’ve been updating customers on issues affecting trees and shrubs in southwest and central Ohio. So far I’ve addressed disease and insects that are major problems when maintaining a landscape. And other than a sentence at the end of the last article, I dropped the ball on a… ( read more )

Why Fall is the Time to Seed


July 30, 2020 | By: Randy Tischer

Cheap seed is the most expensive seed you can ever buy. This is why if you’re going to pay a premium for premium grass seed you should be sure to plant your grass seed at the proper time. Over the last 60 plus years of planting seed here at Green Velvet, we have found Fall… ( read more )

Summer Weed Control

June 24, 2020 | By: Craig Fryman

Summer weed control can be a challenging, but often necessary task. Important factors to consider, include proper understanding of product labels and environmental implications, i.e. not-target effects. As soil temperatures reach a certain range in degree, above 65 degrees, turfgrass root growth starts to become less active. As air temperatures reach 75 degrees and over,… ( read more )

What’s Your Turf Hydration Gameplan?

June 24, 2020 | By: Craig Fryman

Turf hydration, hydration, hydration. As the summer months approach, we know that our turf is going to need a drink or two to survive. In general, a rule of thumb is that most turfgrasses require approximately one inch of water per week – whether from rainfall or irrigation, to sustain growth during warmer conditions. Water… ( read more )

Summer Means Insects

June 12, 2020 | By: Gary Snyder

It might seem that insects choose to annoy us during the summer months. The truth is insects are ectothermic, or “cold-blooded” creatures, meaning that their body temperature depends on their external environment. So, when the summer temperatures ramp up, so does the insect activity. It’s up to you to figure out how to manage these… ( read more )

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