FROM THE EXPERT

Chickweed, Common

Common chickweed is a mat-forming winter annual but may occur as a short-lived perennial. Leaves are opposite, egg or oval shaped, and sparsely hairy.

Disease Triangle

Diseases arise due to three factors occurring simultaneously. A susceptible host (stressed lawn), a pathogen capable of infecting the host, and the environmental

Plantain, Broadleaf

Broadleaf plantain is a perennial weed that is common in turfgrass. It prefers to grow in moist, nutrient-rich soil and is regularly found in compacted soil.

Red Thread

Red thread is a cool season disease that is commonly found on turfgrass in the northeast. It is most active at temperatures of 60 – 70 degrees F.

Compaction

Soil compaction on a property can lead to turf dieback in those areas. A soil profile consists of a combination of air, water, mineral components (silt, sand, clay)

Mushrooms

Most mushrooms in lawns are beneficial because they decompose organic matter, which in turn releases nutrients back into the lawn.


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