While excellent cultural practices, such as mowing, watering, and fertilizing, are essential to a good lawn care routine, turf care is far more than just these three things. The University of Arkansas offers a degree in horticulture, landscape, and turf sciences where students can learn everything there is to know about growing and maintaining a beautiful landscape. A major or minor in one of these fields goes so much further than merely growing a home lawn–it stretches into maintaining our delicate environment. Caring for plants and landscapes in our public spaces, open areas, campuses, institutions, and even sports fields requires knowledge beyond simply mowing, watering, and fertilizing. While homeowners don’t need a four-year degree from a college or university to master the techniques of lawn maintenance, many universities offer local extension programs that apply university-level knowledge to everyday matters in the local communities. The University of Arkansas is one of those universities that does, and participants can benefit from the expertise and experience of cooperative extension professionals.
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences offers experiential learning for students through its land grant model of teaching. They offer their cooperative extension services to all 75 counties of Arkansas which includes programs for farm and ranch, yard and garden, business and communities, environment and nature, health and living, and 4-H and youth.
Lawn Care Research – Lawn Treatments, Weed Control, Fertilization, and General Yard Care
The U of Arkansas Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences provides groundbreaking research and extensive knowledge to the people of Arkansas through their programs. Whether working towards an undergraduate degree, a master’s degree, or simply looking to buff up on the latest methods and techniques when it comes to lawn maintenance and landscaping, the U of Arkansas is committed to enriching the lives of the people of the state. The hard work of the people in this organization benefits lawn services, homeowners, students, and other turf care professionals with leading lawn care related research.
Because Arkansas is located in what is known as a “transition zone,” lawn care comes with its own unique set of challenges in the state. These pages offer clear and specific lawn treatment and maintenance timelines for specific turf species, on a month-to-month basis. This channel covers a variety of turf care related topics including lawn fertilization, weed control, establishment, and more.
This page is dedicated to all things related to lawn care. Users can use this Cooperative Extension Service search through the U of Arkansas to dig up information regarding lawn care and maintenance in Arkansas. Whether you are looking for a specific timeline for turf care or information on tips to have a green lawn, it can be found within these search results. Find information about lawn aeration, general grass care, developing lawn treatment plans, and a host of other lawn care related documents and web pages.
These pages are full of information about specific types of turf. Users can learn more about both warm-season and cool-season turfgrasses here. This page also helps with the selection of appropriate grass to meet individual needs. Whether it is shade tolerance, full sun, or low maintenance, these pages have all the information necessary to identify and select the best turf for individual needs.
Nine searchable categories are available here on the U of Arkansas Weed Identification Database. The database is designed to narrow down results, and categories include aquatic, grass, landscape, moss, pasture, sedge, spiny, vines, wildflower, and woody.
The extensive database offers information and photographs. The weeds in this database are arranged alphabetically by both common name and scientific name for easier searching. Clicking on a specific weed will offer weed control methods or products based on the specific weed for both pre-emergence and post-emergence. This is a great resource for yard services and homeowners to reference when they need to know figure what weed control product to use on a specific weed.
If you’ve ever sprayed weeds and wondered if you’ve done an effective job, you aren’t alone. This database has compiled images of weeds and plants that have been treated with herbicides with mostly lower-than-labeled amounts. Search by herbicide group, herbicides, plants, and plants/herbicide to view plant responses to treatments.
These pages offer images of symptoms of infectious and environmental disorders of row crops and horticultural crops that grow in Arkansas. Search categories include fruit and nut diseases, row crop diseases, tree and ornamental diseases, tomato and vegetable diseases, or turf diseases. Each category is further divided into subcategories for easier searching and identification of specific plant diseases.
Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is a 5-step process. It includes inspection for pest presence, pest identification, determining when to intervene to prevent intolerable damage, implementation of control measures, and evaluating the effectiveness of control measures. These pages offer control methods, licensing, and access to pest control experts to help with any or all of the steps of IPM.
This database is a useful tool in identifying plants that are either sold in plant nurseries in Arkansas or native to the Arkansas landscape. Search the database by categories which include groundcovers, perennials, landscape shrubs, turf, landscape trees, vines, or ornamental grasses and lists are arranged alphabetically by both common name and scientific name.
This is a visual tool that allows easy identification of common landscape trees that grow in the state of Arkansas. It allows users to start the identification process by selecting one of two photos in the categories of broadleaf or needles. Once a photo is selected, it advances to another identifying trait until it is narrowed down to a single tree.
While it isn’t necessary to obtain a four-year degree in turfgrass sciences in order to grow a healthy green lawn, having access to information and research is certainly helpful. For Arkansas residents who don’t have access to a professional lawn care service (or even those who do), the University of Arkansas Extension Program offers a wide variety of services and resources for those who are looking to improve their outdoor environments. Whether it is battling with lawn pests or learning the best techniques for lawn spraying or even wanting professional knowledge of lawn care, these pages offer a fantastic resource.