Soil Fertility and Management

Information on soil fertility and management of turfgrass, including soil testing, fertilization, irrigation, aeration and using compost. Tips on dealing with road salt injury, managing athletic fields and establishing lawns.

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Spent Mushroom Substrate as a Soil Amendment in Turf - Articles Articles
If you are trying to improve the quality of turf growing in poor or marginal soils, consider using spent mushroom substrate (SMS) as a soil amendment. More
Salt damage on a Leyland cypress. Photo: Tom Ford
Techniques for Dealing with Road Salt Injury - Articles Articles
Sodium chloride remains the predominant deicing compound utilized by residential property owners, township supervisors, and landscape contractors in our region. More
Tips to Improve Your Lawn Care Program This Fall
Tips to Improve Your Lawn Care Program This Fall - Articles Articles
As nighttime temperatures dip into the low 50s and the days continue to get shorter, one thing is certain; fall is coming. More
Soil Testing
Soil Testing - Articles Articles
Soil testing is a soil-management tool used to determine the fertility of soil as well as the optimum lime and fertilizer requirements for crops. More
How Much Soil Phosphorus is in Pennsylvania’s Lawns?
How Much Soil Phosphorus is in Pennsylvania’s Lawns? - Articles Articles

How Much Soil Phosphorus is in Pennsylvania’s Lawns?

Peter Landschoot, Ph.D., John Spargo

Indiscriminate use of phosphorus-containing fertilizer on runoff-prone turfgrass sites is thought to contribute to contamination of ground and surface water. More
Lead in Residential Soils: Sources, Testing, and Reducing Exposure
Lead in Residential Soils: Sources, Testing, and Reducing Exposure - Articles Articles
This article provides some background information about how lead behaves in soil. More
Using Spent Mushroom Substrate as a Soil Amendment
Using Spent Mushroom Substrate as a Soil Amendment - Articles Articles
If you are trying to improve the quality of turf growing in poor or marginal soils, consider using spent mushroom substrate. More
Using Composts to Improve Turf Performance
Using Composts to Improve Turf Performance - Articles Articles
If you have been searching for ways to improve turf performance in marginal or poor soils, consider using compost as a soil amendment. More
Understanding the Phosphonate Products Understanding the Phosphonate Products - Articles

Understanding the Phosphonate Products

Peter Landschoot, Ph.D.

Sorting through the different phosphonate product (potassium phosphite, phosphorous acid, fosetyl-Al, etc.) can be difficult. More
High School Athletic-Field Conditions and Injuries
High School Athletic-Field Conditions and Injuries - Articles Articles
The condition of a playing field is not only of aesthetic importance, but it also may affect play and player safety. More
Turfgrass Fertilization Basics Turfgrass Fertilization Basics - Articles

Turfgrass Fertilization Basics

Peter Landschoot, Ph.D.

Dollar for dollar, fertilization does more to improve poor quality turfgrass or maintain good quality turfgrass than any other single management practice. More
Turfgrass Fertilization: A Basic Guide for Professional Turfgrass Managers
Turfgrass Fertilization: A Basic Guide for Professional Turfgrass Managers - Articles Articles
Dollar for dollar, fertilization does more to improve poor-quality turfgrass or to maintain good-quality turfgrass than any other management practice. More
Recycling Turfgrass Clippings
Recycling Turfgrass Clippings - Articles Articles

Recycling Turfgrass Clippings

Peter Landschoot, Ph.D.

Collection and disposal of grass clippings from lawns is laborious, time consuming, and unnecessary. More
Principles of Turfgrass Irrigation
Principles of Turfgrass Irrigation - Articles Articles
While the basic concepts of a good watering program may appear simple, in actual practice there are many and varied problems associated with the successful application of each. More
Snow Removal from Synthetic In-Filled Systems
Snow Removal from Synthetic In-Filled Systems - Articles Articles
There are a couple of options that can be used to successfully remove snow depending on the situation. More
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