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“For many people, this summer was a reality check for their lawns,” says MSU turfgrass guru Kevin Frank.

Frank is an associate professor in MSU’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.

The summer started out dry and finished wet, he says.

“It really resulted in some interesting challenges because most lawns probably experienced some drought or heat stress, and portions of those lawns most likely went dormant. Basically right now we’re in a recovery stage.”

Frank says there may be more grub damage this fall than in year’s past, too.

And he reminds us that fall is the best time to prepare your lawn for the following spring. He suggests applications of fertilizer and broad-leaf weed control in the fall.

“Anything that you struggled to kill throughout the summer, hit it in the first couple weeks of October and I think you’ll have very good results.”

Frank adds that mulching fall leaves back into one’s yard is good natural fertilizer.

“It’s a matter of people being able to keep up with leaf drop,” he says.

He says it’s been a challenging year for Michigan’s golf courses. But “I think we’re getting better genetics in a lot of the grasses we have, and you’re seeing those better ‘brands’ of grass on more and more golf courses.”

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