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update from Kansas

It’s another cloudy, rainy day. The trees are really leafing out and everything is lush and green.

Turf diseases:

On the turf disease side, there’s not anything new going on this week. Same story: large patch in zoysia, spring dead spot, a little dollar spot, a bit of rust, and powdery mildew in shady sites (see image).

Don’t forget about your other plants:

On the golf course, turf is the main attraction, but don’t forget about your trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals as they can truly make a course special. Here at Kansas State I work with trees and ornamentals along with turf, and I see a lot of dead and dying plants every year. Right now a lot of people are putting in new plantings before the summer heat comes along. If you are installing new plantings be sure to select the right plant for the right place, considering sun, shade, exposure to wind, drainage, pH, soil type, etc etc. When it comes to trees and shrubs make sure you use the proper planting technique. Every year I see trees and shrubs go down because they were doomed from the start from poor planting (too deep, too shallow, girdling roots, etc).

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