January 6, 2014

University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture
Turfgrass Science Program (http://turf.uark.edu) – Turf Tips

It’s cold folks.  We haven’t had  winter temperatures this low for a few years, and so it’s been a while since we’ve had to think much about winterkill on our warm-season grasses.  Back in 2010, Drs. Richardson and Patton put together a very nice, comprehensive, four-part Turf Tip  on winterkill:

Part I: Predicting the damage: What causes winterkill and how can we estimate our losses?
Part II: Preparation and recovery: What should you do or not do this spring to help your turf?
Part III: Planning and planting improved cultivars for a better future.
Part IV: Practices to enhance winter survival.

Those tips will are still relevant today and I encourage you to check them out at: http://turf.uark.edu/turfhelp/archives/011810%20winter2010.html.  Let’s hope things warm up soon and that our warm-season grasses come through okay.  However if they don’t, these tips will help you deal with the consequences of this severe winter weather.

Here’s to warmer weather!

Doug Karcher

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