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Founded in 1794 in Knoxville as Blount College, it pre-dated Tennessee statehood by two years and then, in 1968, the University of Tennessee (UT) System was formed. It became the largest and oldest public land-grant higher education institution in the entire state, serving all 95 counties. UT now has campuses in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Martin, as well as the Health Science Center in Memphis, the Space Institute in Tullahoma, and the statewide Institutes for Public Service and Agriculture.

The UT Institute of Agriculture’s main agriculture programs and research related to turf care, as well as soil and plant science, has made their user-friendly UTIA website a significant resource for both homeowners and lawn service professionals alike. So, check it out for yourself and get the answers to all of the questions that you may have related to your lawn and garden or that of your yard service customers.

Valuable Turf Care Research

The UTIA is a highly respected and trusted resource for all things related to landscape and turf care. So, whether you are looking to have a green lawn with no weeds or you’re trying to figure out what lawn fertilizer to use, these UT pages can be of great benefit:

Weed Identification

Identifying weeds in your lawn and garden can be a tricky thing to do even for professional lawn care services but not with this UTIA weed identification page. All you have to do is click on a photo, and it flips over, revealing the common and technical names of the weed or turfgrass species. Then, clicking on details will give you an introduction to the species, its life cycle, growth habits, leaf type and shape, root type, color, and more. Weed identification, especially for one-off hard to treat invasive weeds, is the first step in choosing weed control products as part of a lawn treatment program.

Weeds & Weed Control Doc Search

This UTIA page offers a wealth of documents related to weed control for garden and lawn care. From a complete weed control primer in the form of a downloadable PDF document to landscape and lawn spraying guides, these available documents can help you to learn all about the nature of weeds, plants, and insects that are capable of rapidly multiplying and wreaking havoc on your once-green lawn.

Lawn Care Doc Search

Properly maintained lawns are a thing of beauty but also playgrounds for pests. This page offers comprehensive lawn care documents from a document about lawn and turf insects and diseases to another about common ticks and how to identify and control them. And, if your yard also includes a veggie garden, you can learn about pest control for protecting those delicate plants and their harvest. The amount of research available through this page is immense and includes lawn aeration, weed control topics, and other grass care related research documents. Locate research about different grass types such as fescue, zoysia, and Bermuda.

Lawn Fertilization & Management

Maintaining a green lawn requires more than just mowing and watering, like regular lawn treatments with proper fertilizers. This page addresses all that and then some. You get info on lawn fertilization, including primary plant nutrients, how often you should perform a soil test, fertilizer examples for establishing your lawn, and numerous related tables regarding lawn spraying.

Lawn & Garden Research

Now, this is the page for finding research documents that include great info about maintaining your lawn. From a fertilization and management PDF doc to the safety of herbicides in comparison to other chemicals, it’s all here. And, if you’re dealing with insects, weeds, and diseases in your lawn, from centipedegrass to fescue, there are several devoted to those issues.

Disease & Insect Control

This page is packed with info about insects and diseases that can affect your lawn, starting with a ten-page PDF doc, “Diseases of Lawn and Turf.” It includes a description, cultural management, and chemical controls of diseases. Another PDF document has 18 pages and covers bees to yellow jackets and includes a “Commercial Turfgrass Insect Control Calendar” to help manage pest control throughout the year.

Turf Insects & Pest Control

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a lawn care service for handling all your garden and turf care issues, you may be having to face plenty of pest and insect control questions. Answering those questions is the main aim of this page where you’ll find a handy “Insect and Plant Disease Control Manual,” as well as PDF documents about controlling insects in home lawns that you can easily download.

Tree, Shrub & Flowers

As you probably know, it’s not just your lawn that needs help but your trees, shrubs, and flowers. They can be under attack by diseases and insects day and night in warm or cool weather. This page offers an extensive 80-page PDF doc from the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology regarding insect and mite control, another one devoted strictly to diseases, and one about floral diseases.


For plenty of papers about Entomology and Plant Pathology, this is the page you need. From plant diseases to insect control, you’ll find plenty of publications at your fingertips that cover everything from field crop insects to horticultural crop diseases in easily downloadable PDF publications. They’re free, user-friendly, and only take just a few seconds to download.

Twitter Feed

These days, everybody’s all about the Tweets, from celebs to the Prez. That’s why UT AgResearch has their own Twitter feed full of interesting pics and subjects. This is a great Twitter account to follow if you run a lawn care service or are a turf care professional. You can find out all about what’s going on with the University of Tennessee’s Agricultural Experiment Station at the Institute of Agriculture and the real-life solutions that it offers or read all about the UT Arboretum and the solar eclipse.

And, if all of this isn’t enough to make you feel confident that you can handle anything that your yard and Mother Nature can throw at you, don’t worry. Just call your local yard care professionals for help. Then, you can just relax and let them do all the work.