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Turf care can be a challenge if you are a novice. Trying to figure out the ideal mowing heights, watering schedules, and best lawn fertilization techniques can be mind-boggling for homeowners at first. Other factors such as weeds, drought, and disease can add an additional layer of confusion for many, and then trying to grow healthy turf in urban or metropolitan areas can be all the more confusing. Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science offers those who are engaging in yard care an incredible amount of information and research that can be an excellent resource for effective turf care.

About Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science

Situated in suburban New Jersey just a short trip away from two major metropolitan areas (New York City and Philadelphia), Rutgers has collaborated with experts on a local, regional, national, and international level to foster a nationally and internationally recognized program to support the turf care industry. Their programs include an annual research symposia, field days, workshops, and seminars in an effort to educate and provide training in the turfgrass sciences. The result is an extensive and thorough compilation of valuable data that is accessible to anybody looking to learn more about what it means to cultivate a beautiful, green lawn and landscape.

Valuable Turf Care Research

Rutgers is a well-known name in education, and they draw some of the leading experts in their fields on a variety of lawn maintenance subjects. When utilizing the research and information provided by Rutgers, you can feel confident that you are receiving some of the most cutting-edge and world-class lawn care related research and resources available to you.

Lawn and Garden Care

With this page lawn services and homeowners have access to some of the most informational resources available regarding turf management so they can have the healthy, thick, green lawns they dream about. Here, Rutgers has compiled lawn care fact sheets, master gardener hotlines, workshops, and services that test soil and plant diseases. With extension personnel and master gardeners manning the front lines for you, researchers are working on developing lawn treatment and maintenance programs that help preserve and protect natural resources.

Rutgers Turf Blog

The Rutgers Turf Blog covers some of the most important issues that are currently happening in turf care. Up-to-date and current topics are addressed and discussed in an easy-to-read and easy-to-understand format. Issues that are relevant to homeowners trying to maintain a beautiful and healthy landscape are covered, making these pages a great resource.

Lawn Fact Sheets and Bulletins

Here, users can learn about specific issues that may be important to growing healthy turf. Many of the fact sheets can be downloaded in PDF formats for easy-access and review. Over twenty different subjects are addressed in these fact sheets and bulletins including weed control, how to hire a lawn spraying company, seeding, fertilizing, and many other important issues facing somebody cultivating a home lawn.

Lawn Care Document Search

If you are looking for the foremost research and information as it pertains to your lawn care and landscape, this is the place to go. The custom search on lawn care topics brings up thousands of articles compiled by the foremost researchers, scientists, and experts at Rutgers. This lawn care document search puts the leading information in lawn care right at your fingertips.

Weed Gallery

With thousands of different types of foliage, it can sometimes be challenging to identify a specific species or variety of plant or weed. In this weed gallery, Rutgers has put together thumbnail images of different weed varieties to make identification easy. By clicking on a thumbnail image, you can read more about a particular type of weed as well as measures for weed control.

Lawn Disease Blog

This blog addresses relevant and important information as it pertains to lawn diseases. Some are more prone to appear in home lawns and turf during certain seasons. The Rutgers Lawn Disease Blog approaches these lawn diseases as they become more prevalent throughout the New Jersey area and Eastern United States and covers information on identifying and treating diseases in turf.

Insect and Pest Control Document Search

Insects and pests can be devastating to a lawn and landscape, and pest control management can be important for successful turf care. When left untreated, insects and pests like armyworms can completely devour a lawn overnight. While most insects are harmless to your home lawn, there are some that can wreak havoc and quickly damage your yard. This custom search compiles the data compiled by Rutgers and offers hundreds of pages of information on insects and pest control.

Lawn and Garden FAQ’s

In these pages, users can select from one of several different turf care and garden-related topics to explore some of the most frequently asked questions and find answers to common problems. Topics included in this section are fruit trees, garden and household pests, houseplants, lawn care and landscaping, pesticides and fertilizer, trees and shrubs, vegetable gardening and small fruits, and wildlife.

Tree, Shrub, and Gardening Fact Sheets

Turf is only one part of your home landscape. That is why Rutgers addresses trees, shrubs, and gardening in their fact sheets. Here, you can download fact sheets in PDF format to keep for easy reference in one of nearly forty different topics. Fact sheets include issues such as aphids, how to hire a tree care professional, fertilizing trees and shrubs, and a variety of other topics of interest to homeowners regarding their trees, shrubs, gardens, and turf care.

Rutgers is a world-renowned name in turf care academia. Their cooperative extension program offers the opportunity for homeowners to gain access to educational and practical materials in all things plant-related. Homeowners, farmers, businesses, and professional lawn care services can use the information provided by Rutgers to benefit the overall health and wellness of lawns and landscapes.