Low Maintenance Turf?

Low Maintenance Turf?

What is a low maintenance lawn? Who sets the standards? An honest answer to both of these questions is probably "I don't know". By my standards most people in western Oregon already have low maintenance lawns. Their lawns are mowed sporadically in spring, occasionally in summer and fall and not at all in winter. A clear majority don't irrigate at all and of those who do, few irrigate consistently. Perhaps seventy percent of these homelawns are never fertilized and very few are ever treated with herbicides for weed control. Sounds pretty low maintenance to me.

2007 Evaluation of Sensitivities of Annual Bedding Plants to Mesotrione (Tenacity) Herbicide

Final Report


The purpose of this trial was to evaluate the sensitivity of four species of annual bedding plants to Mesotrione (Tenacity) herbicide. The initial treatments were applied 24 hours before planting. A second application was made six weeks later over the top of the plants.

Materials and Methods

Reduce or Eliminate Fall Watering

As I drove into campus this morning, I noticed several sprinkler systems running.  After a week of on and off rain, day temperatures in the 70s and night temperatures in the 40s, it is time to reduce watering times and/or days or even better, turn the irrigation system off.  The turf is using very little water this time of the year and it will allow the turf to naturally harden off as the winter months approach.  An additional benefit of turning your irrigation system off is that the lack of moisture will greatly reduce the survivability of European Crane Fly eggs.  So, turn the irrigation

Roundup Tolerant Tall Fescue/Perennial Ryegrass Trial


Previous work reported by Crystal Fricker at Pure Seed Testing Inc. demonstrated that it is possible to develop tall fescues and fine fescues that have relatively good tolerance to low rates of glyphosate. This trial is part of an ongoing effort to evaluate tolerance of tall fescues and other grasses to glyphosate at rates that are effective in controlling annual bluegrass.

Fertilizing Lawns

Fertilizing Lawns

Explains how to optimize a fertilization program for a home lawn. Discusses how to select and use fertilizers, the roles of various elements (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, pH, calcium, magnesium, and iron) in lawn fertilization, and the value of soil tests for each element. Provides sample calendars of necessary and optimal times for fertilizer applications for western, central, and eastern Oregon.