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The Cornell Turfgrass Team at their Cooperative Extension includes educators from all over the state of New York, NYSIPM program staff, faculty from several Cornell units, and a host of other turf care professionals. They are dedicated to assisting homeowners and lawn service professionals with the utilization of practices that are research-based for highly effective lawn maintenance with turfgrasses as environmental assets.


When it comes to the quest to have a lush, weed-free, and green lawn or golf course perhaps no other organization has as much support from real leaders in the turfgrass industry as the Cornell Turfgrass Program. Their regional associations all have a vested interest in turf care with vast experience.

Multi-Media Platform

Besides their website, the Cornell’s Turfgrass multimedia platform also includes Cornell Turfgrass Podcasts, Cornell Turfgrass videos, Turfgrass IPM videos (NYSIPM program) and the Frankly Speaking TurfNet podcast. They all touch upon the many facets of turf care and general lawn maintenance. They are a great source of information about chemical-based lawn treatments that include weed control and lawn fertilization.

Lawn Maintenance Research

The Cornell Turfgrass Program provides in-depth information and helpful hints about a number of subjects that are generally of interest to homeowners and others who provide lawn services in all areas of the country, including:

Turf Care Topics

This link refers to your lawn as an attractive environmental asset and gives you the lawn care advice and helpful hints that can make it even more so. You can follow the many links on this page or, if you prefer, you can download it on iTunes or as a pdf file, which gives you a complete eBook on lawn care. You could even print it up if you would like to have a permanent hard copy.

Lawn Care Research

This is one of Cornell’s eCommons digital repository pages with links to articles about everything involved in lawn maintenance, lawn treatments, weed control, lawn fertilization, and other yard care related research. This massive database includes over 11,000 periodicals, papers, dissertations, newsletters, books, reports, articles, archival materials, and fact sheets. 68 of them date from 1800 – 1899, 1,424 from 1900-1999, and 652 from 2000-2017.

Weed Identification Guide

The first step in effective weed control is identifying what species of weed you’re dealing with. This page gives you the tools to do just that and then look up control methods and other info, including “Reduced Risk” and “Child Safe Products.” From annual sowthistle to yellow rocket, they’re all covered, and 100+ full-color close up pics will help you identify them.

Weed & Weed Control Research

As another of Cornell’s digital repositories, this section tells you everything you could possibly need to know about weed control, lawn treatment recommendations, and lawn spraying protocols based on intensive research. “Weeds and Your Lawn” is a two-page brochure filled with hints and pics about everything from knowing your lawn to managing weeds and whether herbicides are necessary.

Pest, Weeds & Diseases

Now, this page covers all three of the enemies of your lawn and can help you to enact a better lawn maintenance and lawn fertilization program. It contains several turf care related fact sheets that include everything from brown patch, grubs, and turf rust diseases, as well as a mobile-friendly feature called “Turfgrass and Landscape Weed ID” for identifying weeds via the use of common plant traits.

Disease Fact Sheets

When you encounter an unknown disease in your lawn or garden, you need all the facts to treat it. That’s where these clinic fact sheets come in handy. From diseases like Apple Scab to Willow Scab, you’ll find sections covering Introduction, Symptoms and Signs, Disease Control, Management Strategies, References, and plenty of pics in case you have no idea what it’s called.

Insect Fact Sheets

These Insect Diagnostic Lab Factsheets from Cornell Cooperative Extension are just the ticket for controlling those pesky insects that invade your yard. All you have to do is click on a title in the alphabetical list for downloading a pdf file or, if you prefer, just read the fact sheets in your browser. They’re also grouped by individual topics at the bottom of the page.

Insect & Pest Control Research

When it comes to insects and pests in your yard, one is too many. This is another one of Cornell’s eCommons digital repositories that contain 3,000+ topics including fruit pests, entomology, pest management and more produced by either Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educators that are county-based or Department of Entomology experts.

Insect & Animal Blog

So, certain insects that you may find in your yard are serving a useful role in the environment, and that includes helping us to manage the populations of insects that are pests. That’s why it’s important to familiarize yourself with the insects on your property. This blog will help you to do that as well as give you valuable pointers on pest control in your lawn and garden.

YouTube Channel

In this digital age, most people would prefer to watch a video rather than having to read all about it. The Cornell turfgrass page on YouTube contains dozens of videos featuring ‘Turf Guy’ Frank Rossi in informational seminars, blog segments, and other videos from the program. They cover everything related to yard care from sharpening your mower blades to your best weed control defenses.

Insect Diagnostic Laboratory

Cornell’s Department of Entomology has an Insect Diagnostic Lab for helping with the identification of arthropods and insects, as well as providing management suggestions when and where they are necessary. They charge a nominal fee for analyzing photos and/or samples that are submitted to their lab for identification, thereby facilitating keeping the Lab.

The Cornell Turfgrass Association is a leading organization that is of great benefit to lawn care services and homeowners alike. When it comes to having a deep bench in the turf care research and education industry – they are hard to beat!