This is Talladega Superspeedway!

With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heading to Talladega Superspeedway this coming weekend, I was lucky enough to be live on location in Alabama to see first hand how thebermuda grass infield gets prepared just days before the big race.  With crowds expected between 150 000 – 200 000 race fans, all eyes will be starring down at pit row and towards the finish line so the turf certainly needs to look its best.    Standing on the edge of pit row just in front of the grass infield I saw up … [Read more...]

Early Instar White Grub Damage

Early instar White Grub damage is becoming increasingly evident in lawns across Canada and the USA this time of the year.    White Grubs are the larvae life stage of several destructive turfgrass insects including the European Chafer, May/June Beetle, and the Japanese Beetle.  During the larvae life stage the white grubs aggrssively feed on the roots of the turfgrass plant causing major damage to lawns.  The Adult beetles (European Chafer, May/June Beetle, and Japanese Beetle) laid their eggs … [Read more...]

Weed of the Week – White Clover

This weeks weed of the week is White Clover.  Commonly referred to as the “Shamrock” white clover consists of 3 oval shaped leaves that together grow from the central stem and make up this famous shamrock symbol. As luck would have it, it is estimated that approximately 1 in about every 10 000 three-leaf clovers a very lucky four-leaf clover can be found. Native to North America, White Clover is one of the most common weeds that can be found in lawns all season long across Canada and the USA. … [Read more...]

Chinch Bug Alert!

Chinch Bug Alert! Summer heat is in full effect and lawns are now showing signs of browning out.  Be aware, this could be more than just drought. Tiny surface insects called Chinch Bugs are very common during the summer months.  Chinch Bugs typically live in the thatch and suck the juices from the grass leaf blades causing damage that looks very similar to drought stress.    Chinch Bugs are very tiny but can cuase major damage. The damaging nymphal life stage of the chinch bug is … [Read more...]

Pristine Kentucky Bluegrass Lawn in of all places – Pisa, ITALY

Earlier last month I travelled over to Europe in Italy and came across some of the nicest Kentucky Bluegrass I have seen in a long time.  I was in the city Pisa at the historic site of the Worlds most famous tower “The Leaning Tower of Pisa”.  The grounds surrounding the tower and famous cathedral next to the tower were meticulously manicured and the turf was in pristine condition…so much so that I did a live on location video for all the people back home to see.  The turf was beautiful lush … [Read more...]