TLC for Tougher Turfs

Where is IFASBOOKS this week?

Turf School for Homeowners

UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County

7620 SR 471, Suite 2

Bushnell, FL 33513

As any Florida homeowner knows, turfgrass really takes a beating in our state, between flooding and drought, soil conditions, insect pests, nematodes, weeds, and diseases. Learning the perfect balance of sustainable TLC for your lawn can be a challenge. These resources from the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore can help you toughen up your turf.

Florida Lawn Handbook

Laurie Trenholm, Bryan Unruh

Written in practical language by turfgrass experts, this book offers best practices for sustainable lawn management. Chapters cover selection, establishment, and maintenance for each type of turfgrass; soil analysis and fertilization; calendars for lawn care and culture; mowing, watering, and calibrating sprinkler systems and fertilizer spreaders; overseeding for winter color; preparing a lawn for drought and low temperatures; safe pesticide application and integrated pest management strategies; organic lawn care; and complete, illustrated diagnostic information for weeds, diseases, insect problems, nematodes, and other pests. The Florida Lawn Handbook is an invaluable aid to growing a healthy, Florida-friendly lawn all year round.

172 pp.



Helpful, Harmful, Harmless

To effectively control insect pests ravaging your lawn or landscape, it is essential to know which ones are helpful, harmful, or harmless. Experienced gardeners know that recognizing a species and its role in their landscape can be daunting. With this ID deck, you will learn how to identify and understand the roles of many important groups of insects and other small organisms found in Florida landscapes. Once an organism has been identified, you can make appropriate decisions to manage your landscape safely, effectively, and sustainably.

Co-author Adam Dale will be a presenter at this week’s Turf School for Homeowners in Sumter County.

88 pp.



Identification Guide to Common Florida Lawn and Ornamental Weeds

Erin Harlow, Ramon Leon, and J. Bryan Unruh

This pocket-sized ID deck is a handy field guide to identifying 21 species of grass, sedge and broadleaf weeds commonly found in Florida yards and landscapes. It also includes general information about weed types, life cycles and herbicides. Whether you’re a landscape professional, a pesticide applicator, or just a homeowner who wants to tell the difference between crabgrass and doveweed, you’ll find this guide indispensable.

63 pp.



Calibrating Your Lawn Sprinkler System

Keep your lawn healthy while saving on water bills with this full-color, 12″ x 18″ poster that shows you how to properly calibrate your lawn sprinkler system.







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Posted: May 17, 2022

Category: HOME LANDSCAPES, UF/IFAS Communications, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Book Club, Master Gardener Volunteer, Turfgrass, UF IFAS Bookstore

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