Lawns: Cool Season Lawn Care and Management

Gardens & Landscapes May 17, 2010 Print Friendly and PDF

Lawns | Turfgrass Selection | Cool Season Lawn Care and Management | Warm Season Lawn Care and Management

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Contents

Cool Season Grass Basics

Knowing how grass grows provides much insight into care and management strategies.

Watch this video:

  • How Grass Grows (University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension), an animated look at how cool-season grasses grow and why this impacts the management decisions we make.

Site Adapted Lawns

Timing and practices of lawn care and management vary by your local conditions and areas defined by the site of optimum adaptation. Use Figure 1, the Turf Site of Optimum Adaptation Map, to best identify your site of optimum adaptation, then find resources that will help you manage your lawn.


Figure 1. Turf Site of Optimum Adaptation Map. (Photo credit: USDA)


If you identify your growing area as being in the transition zone, review the following article. Otherwise, find information for your lawn's site of optimum adaptation in the "Care and Management Resources by Site" section below:

Care and Management Resources by Site

Select resources that best match your lawn's site of optimum adaptation and local conditions:

Cool/Humid

Lack of soil preparation for the lawn in the forefront makes it difficult to survive. Compare it to the lush lawn behind it, which received proper soil preparation, and you'll see why preparing and caring for your lawn correctly makes a difference. (Photo credit: Karen Jeannette).
  • Cool/ Humid Adapted Grasses (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Cool/Semiarid

Cool Semiarid Adapted Grasses (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

  • Lawn Care lawn publication listing (Colorado State University Extension).

Cool/Humid Northwest

Cool/Humid Northwest Adapted Grasses (Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Maintaining a Healthy Lawn (Oregon State University Extension).

Oregon State lawn publication listing (Oregon State University Extension).

Detecting and Diagnosing Problems

Use the following pictorial diagnostic Web sites to detect and diagnose lawn problems by signs and symptoms.

Additional Resources

  • Calibrating a Spreader (Soil and Crop Sciences Department, Texas A&M University). Ever wonder how much fertilizer your spreader is actually applying? This resource will walk you through steps for calibration.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.