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 )

Treat Grubs and More Grubs

June 12, 2020 | By: Dax Gruber

When summer approaches, it’s time for you to be thinking of “insurance plans” for your properties against the infamous White Grub. Were you one of the many last year that had damage? Maybe you were one of the unfortunate ones that had Grub damage even after doing a treatment. How do we approach the issue… ( read more )

Ticks and Fleas

June 4, 2020 | By: Doug Swope

Ticks and Fleas – if you have pets these are the two most problematic pests you and your animals will be up against during spring, summer, and fall. Ticks are found in a wide variety of habitats that are suitable for birds, large and small mammals such as mice, deer, squirrel, coyotes, and livestock. All… ( read more )

The Wild Violets are Back. Need Help?


May 18, 2020 | By: Larry Coriell

Spring is here finally sunshine and green grass … and broadleaf weeds, what to do? First thing is to figure out what broadleaf weeds need to be controlled. Dandelions, Henbit and Chickweed are common early spring weeds that are easily controlled with standard 3-way herbicide. There are some spring weeds that 3-way herbicides do not… ( read more )

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