Two Purdue Authors Revise Turfgrass Textbook

Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management is the bestselling text with expert coverage of basic turfgrass science and all aspects of practical care. Now in its fifth edition, this industry favorite offers the latest information on growth, nutrition, herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides, as well as new chapters discussing shade stress and light requirements and the benefits of turf.

Written on a level appropriate for students, but with a wealth of information useful to new and experienced turfgrass professionals, this textbook provides foundational knowledge that readers can apply and adapt on the job to nearly any situation.

A wide range of topics are covered, such as fertilization, grass selection, pest management, plant growth regulators, sports turf management practices, soil testing, and water quality. Today’s turf managers must have detailed knowledge of agronomy, botany, entomology, horticulture, pathology, and business management. This book brings these diverse fundamentals together into a single volume and will help you to:
  • Master the art and science of turfgrass care, cultivation, and management
  • Learn best practices for mowing, fertilizing, soil health, irrigation, and more
  • Identify, manage, and control insect, disease, and weed pests
  • Examine the professional management of sports turf, golf courses, lawns, and sod
Dr. Aaron Patton and Quincy Law of Purdue University joined Nick Christians of Iowa State University to author this fifth edition. Their additions and updates to each chapter in the 5th edition provide additional valuable insights. The text is updated throughout to reflect the latest research-based information and trends in the turfgrass industry.

Coverage throughout is refreshed with new illustrations and charts, and:
  • Two new chapters (Chapter 1: Benefits of Turf and Its Management and Chapter 12: Light Requirements and Shade Management)
  • Multiple new and revised figures throughout the book
  • Increased discussion and description of cool-season and warm-season turfgrasses
  • Extra information on establishment methods and costs
  • Updated information on soil testing and turf nutrition
  • Expanded content on cultivation and sand topdressing
  • Enhanced weed management information
  • Added information on professional lawn care programs
  • New information on fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and plant growth regulators
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2017 Turf Weed Control for Professionals, Now Available

Now available, the revised edition of Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals. This sixth edition, released in February 2017, includes major modifications including:
  • Eleven states (IA, IL, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, NY, OH, WI) were added as well as their experts as collaborators to transform this to a multi-state publication.
  • The identification of 105 weeds with over 300 color images and descriptions were added. The 2017 is now entirely in color.
  • Color turf identification images were also added
  • A separate table for plant growth regulator information was added
  • The frequently asked question section was revised and reorganized by topic area
  • A chart describing the label notes of postemergence crabgrass herbicides based on growth stage was added.
  • Several minor modifications were made to the weed control efficacy tables.
  • Recommendations on herbicides safe to use on buffalograss were added.
  • New herbicides and plant growth regulators were added
To order copies of this publication go to or call 1-(888) EXT-INFO. It is available at a cost of $20 + S&H for individual copies and $350 + S&H for a bundle (quantity) of 25 copies. Bundling is available for groups who want to order multiple copies at a 30% discount. A digital (.pdf) version is also available to download for $12.
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Rounds 4 Research: Auction is Open until May 7. Support the Purdue Turf Program

The 2017 Rounds 4 Research auction is now open. The auction is open May 1-7, 2017 with proceeds going to support turf research at Purdue University and in Indiana through the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation. Fundraising supports research and education programs for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities, and the game.

This fundraiser offers great golf deals and access to exclusive golf courses in Indiana and the nation. 32 foursomes (with various packages) and batting practice at the Indianapolis Indians were donated in all in Indiana. So, tell your friends, family, and community to bid on these rounds. Let the bidding begin!
Bid Online Now (
If you have any questions, please contact the Rounds 4 Research team at or 800-472-7878.

Thank you for your support!

Aaron Patton, Executive Director, Midwest Regional Turf Foundation
Ryan Cummings, President, Midwest Regional Turf Foundation

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Purdue Launches Turf Diagnostic Mobile App


The Purdue Turf Doctor app, a collaborative effort among Drs. Doug Richmond, Aaron Patton and Rick Latin, is the latest modern turfgrass management tool produced by the Purdue Turfgrass Science team. The app is designed to help homeowners and land managers diagnose and address turfgrass problems caused by a variety of factors including weeds, insects, diseases, nuisance animals, and abiotic stress. Turfgrass management professionals and garden center personnel can also use the app to improve communication with their customers and build customer confidence.

The flexible yet powerful user interface features:
  • Quick access to the latest science-based recommendations from Purdue University experts on how to manage over 135 turfgrass disorders.
  • Identify turfgrass disorders by matching patterns, symptoms and signs to hundreds of high-resolution photos.
  • Check diagnoses with detailed descriptions of damage and stages of problem development linked to each photo.
  • Search for information on specific disorders by common or scientific name.
  • Use integrated filters to refine diagnoses by problem type, time of year, turfgrass species, field pattern, symptoms, signs, weed type, flower color, and more.
  • Easily create and add problems to your favorites list for quick reference later.
  • Automatically view a list of your most recent searches.
Just in time for the growing season, the app is available for iOs (Apple) and Android devices and can easily be accessed by visiting
The Turf Doctor app is also supported by a growing social media community through the twitter handle @TurfDoctorApp

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