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Lawn care is more than an art, though some artistry is definitely needed. It is a science, and with all of the scientific information available, it can become challenging to weed through the data to find exactly what you need. Whether you are looking for general lawn maintenance tips or more in-depth, scientific information, the Purdue University Extension has a whole wealth of information available on their website. The Purdue Extension focuses on horticulture research and applications throughout the Midwest. Their agriculture specialists don’t only revolve around Indiana, they are intensely involved with research and information that impacts people all over the world.

About the Purdue Extension Program

The extension program is designed to be valuable to anybody interested in horticulture and agriculture. Whether you are a lawn service professional, a scientist, or simply a homeowner who is looking for resources on creating or maintaining a beautiful outdoor space, the Purdue Extension program has a wealth of valuable information. Even though they are located in the Midwest, the program covers yard care related topics for people all over the world. Homeowners can find resources on anything from lawn care to cultivating a garden for food. If you have questions, the Purdue Extension Program has answers!

Valuable Lawn Care Research

When it comes to identifying real, working solutions to lawn care problems and maintenance, the Purdue Extension Program has hundreds of pages of resources. Their professors, scientists, and turf care experts have compiled extensive data that homeowners need to take their yard to the next level of beautiful.

Diverse Lawn Care Research

With dozens of pages devoted to turfgrass sciences, this Purdue Extension Program page is loaded with information. It covers everything from watering, drought and heat stress, mowing, weeds, aeration, pest control, and lawn treatments. They also have a page devoted to free lawn improvement programs that gives lawn pros advice about sodding, seeding, and starting from scratch as well as best practices for maintaining beautiful turf.

Weed Control & Lawn Weed Docs

Weeds are among one of the most significant problems for anybody trying to grow almost anything outside. Whether you are growing flowers, a food garden, or grass, weeds are like a cancer to any lawn. This search of their website produces many documents to browse through about weed killer, weed control, and more. Weed Identification

Yard Pests

Purdue is part of the Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey (CAPS) program. The CAPS program has three main initiatives which include protecting agriculture from foreign pest introduction and establishment, easing the export of American agricultural products, and control and eradication of pests as authorized by legislation and regulation. Their site is loaded with information about the different types of pests which are known to cause damage to plants and turf.


The CAPS program also details some of the most concerning pathogens to agriculture and horticulture. Asian soybean rust, bacterial leaf scorch and Pierce’s disease, Butternut canker, chrysanthemum white rust, Fusarium wilt of watermelon, plum pox virus, and sudden oak death are outlined among the pathogens pages from the CAPS program and Purdue University Extension Program. These pages contain detailed information as well as photos and treatments for these pathogens.

Purdue Turf Microsite

These pages are the be-all and end-all of all lawn care sites. This microsite offers vast resources for lawn care and maintenance. It also includes tools such as a fertilizer application calculator which allows you to configure how much and what type of fertilizer to apply to your lawn. Instructional videos are also available through this lawn care site as well as information about hiring a professional lawn care service to maintain your turf.

Turf Care Advice for Professionals

Even lawn care pros need advice from time to time, and the Purdue University Turfgrass Science portion of the extension program has all of the information a professional might need to tackle even the most difficult of issues. This page contains many of the same resources as the Diverse Lawn Care Research pages, however, they include some more in-depth information. They also have a segment devoted to caring for athletic fields, and pesticide information explicitly meant for lawn care professionals.

Turf Tips

This part of the Purdue University Extension program provides useful information for anybody looking for any kind of turf tips. Compiled into a newsletter format, you can sign up to receive email updates and articles. Topics include weed control for professionals, lawn fertilization, diseases, and information about crabgrass, to name a few. Their old turf tips tab provides articles and information from the years 2004-2010. They even offer a turf diagnostic mobile app through this page that allows homeowners and land managers to diagnose and address issues associated with grass care.

Yard and Garden Tips and Advice

More of what you need from the Purdue University Extension Program, these pages are devoted to everything in the garden that a yard care service or homeowner could want to create and maintain a beautiful landscape. The main focal point of these pages is plants, trees, and gardens and is filled with helpful advice. Whether you are looking to grow organic tomatoes or for information on planting and maintaining trees and shrubs, you can find a whole host of tips and advice here

Some people are born with a green thumb and are able to nurture and cultivate beautiful plants, trees, flowers, gardens, and grass without needing much direction. Others need some help along the way. Whichever category you fall into–brown thumb or green thumb, the Purdue University Extension program offers an abundance of useful information to keep your outdoor living spaces thriving. Whether you are a lawn care professional who needs more scientific data on a particular issue, a student of biology looking for scholarly information, or even a homeowner who wants to know the best types of plants, trees, or shrubs to plant around your home, the Purdue University Extension program has a lot of the research you may need.