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May 23, 2017
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Whether you live in North or South Carolina, Georgia, or anywhere else in the country, and are a business or homeowner dealing with yard care, then you probably have a ton of questions about shrub, tree, flower, and lawn care. Every yard, no matter where it’s located, requires careful preparation and maintenance. From planting to fertilizing, weed control, watering, and pest protection, as well as disease prevention, it all requires a certain amount of knowledge. And, one of the best places to acquire that knowledge is the TurfFiles section of the NC State University website network.

NC State is a research-oriented university that is publicly supported. They offer students both associates and bachelors degrees in the turfgrass science field. The TurfFile website provides a wide variety of turf care related information for professional lawn services, homeowners, and students. Information available through TurfFiles is provided by faculty and staff in the Departments of Crop Science, Entomology, Horticulture, Plant Pathology and Soil Science.


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Lawn Care Guide

If you want a green lawn that is the envy of your neighborhood, then this is an excellent place to start. This NCSU Lawn & Landscape Research Guide page offers numerous links that provide plenty of in-depth info in the areas of lawn treatments, maintenance, caring for plants, and a variety of other yard care related issues.

Lawn & Yard Care Handbook

The advice you can trust abounds in this complete gardener’s handbook. From what to plant through lawn care, irrigation, fertilization, and even power raking, it’s all included in this concise handbook. Other chapters can help you if you want to renovate your current lawn, learn about lawn aeration, establish a new one, or diagnose pest or disease problems. Take all the guesswork out of your yard. There’s nothing you can’t face when it comes to landscaping and lawn care. If you do find something, don’t worry. Just call your local lawn care service and let them handle it for you.

Lawn Care Guide

On top of adding value to your home, a beautiful lush green lawn is also good for the environment. It reduces air pollution, as well as dust, heat, and noise while also stabilizing the soil. But, for it to do all of that, you need to know a thing or two about lawn maintenance. This page and its links can help you to understand what type of grass to plant from cool-season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescues, perennial ryegrass, and tall fescue, to warm-season grasses like St. Augustine, Bermuda, bahiagrass, carpet grass, centipede, and zoysia.

Directory of Weeds

Weeds are the bane of the existence of just about every homeowner with a yard to maintain. They invade your yard and landscaping with a ferocious intensity, choking the life out of the vegetation that you want there and replacing it with some that you don’t want. This weed directory gives you insight into a ton of different weed species from summer to winter annuals, biennials, and perennials, and how to effectively control them. There’s even a form on this page for you to submit questions to an expert.

Weeds Publication

This concise weed handbook covers everything you could possibly want to know about weeds. From coverage of edible vs. poisonous weeds to how they propagate and spread, as well as their life cycles, you’ll find it all right here. You can quickly learn about understanding weed basics, biology, and reproduction. And using the handy weed identification tools, you can gain an understanding of the application of the strategies of integrated pest management (IPM) and the prevention and management of weeds. Armed with all of the info offered here, those weeds don’t stand a chance.

Turfgrass Diseases

The majority of turfgrass diseases are the result of fungi. Other problems can be caused by environmental factors like heat, cold, and drought, as well as other factors like soil compaction, salt, or damaging chemicals. This page includes a guide that links to many diseases found on turfgrass.

Diseases & Disorders

This handbook will guide you through the many plant pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, nematodes, parasitic plants, and viruses, that can affect your lawn and landscaping. From the diagnostic process through both cultural and chemical management, you can learn it all here. Identifying specific plant diseases and disorders, knowing when a laboratory diagnosis is necessary, distinguishing between plant disease categories, and finding management techniques and preventive strategies are all made easier here. So, don’t let them kill your plants when you can control them instead.

Insects & Other Pests

Even if your lawn and garden are weed and disease-free, chances are there are probably some insects and other pests that are invading it. Detecting and identifying them is the key to controlling them. This page can help you learn how to do that and then some. From those bothersome annual bluegrass weevils to scary biting fire ants and stinging yellow jackets, keeping them out of your yard is probably a high priority for you and your family. Don’t let them destroy your yard and terrify your family and pets. Get a handle on everything you need to know about pest control right here on this page and its links.

In-Depth Insect Publication

This is yet another complete handbook, only this one is all about insects, both the beneficial ones and the destructive ones. It includes everything you could need to know about identifying, controlling, and co-existing with members of the insect world. It consists of all of the classifications, descriptions, and even detailed pictures to help you to understand these tiny creatures better. The fact is that there’s no excuse for having to deal with insect invasions when you can learn all about them and get rid of them instead. This handbook can do all of that and more, so check it out.


With two million turfgrass acres in NC alone, grass care is a popular subject with homeowners and residential lawn care services since 60 percent of it is associated with single-family homes. In addition, you’ll find turfgrass on athletic fields, around commercial buildings, churches, and schools, as well as on golf courses, parklands, sod farms, and roadsides in every state. This page addresses everything from specific species of turfgrasses like Bahiagrass, Bermudagrass, buffalograss, carpetgrass, centipedegrass, St. Augustinegrass, and zoysiagrass, and how to choose the one that’s right for your yard.

Publication Search

This is the perfect page for finding what you’re looking for to help you with weed control, lawn spraying, planting, pruning, propagating, and anything else you need to know about making your yard more beautiful. There’s even a handbook for designing your landscaping. And, if you want to grow a vegetable garden, there’s a leaflet available for that, too.