Turfgrasses serve many functions in urban and suburban landscapes. They stabilize soil, conserve water and filter air and water borne pollutants. Actively growing turf is highly effective in control of environmental pollution, such as the suppression of dust, glare, and noise, and in heat dissipation, especially in the arid and semi-arid regions of the United States. Healthy growing turfgrasses act as biological filters and remove atmospheric pollutants.
Weeds are the number one pest problem in sports fields, and golf courses. Aggressive competitors for sunlight, moisture and nutrients and prolific multipliers even under adverse conditions, weeds present a challenge for even the most experienced turfgrass managers. An effective weed control program also requires identification of the undesirable species as to its classification as a grassy weed, a broadleaf weed, an annual or a perennial. Most turf weeds belong to two principal categories – grasses and broadleaf plants. Chemical controls for these two categories of plants frequently differ.
For more information, please visit the AggieTurf.tamu.edu website or contact your local county Extension educator.