(Megan Kennelly, KSU Plant Pathology)
“Stay-Puft” marshmallows might be tasty, but puffy, thatchy turf can lead to desiccation, scalping and other problems. Each year in the diagnostic lab I receive samples where thatch-related problems were mistaken for disease.
Fall aerification season is just around the corner for cool-season grasses, and thatch management should be on the agenda. Make sure you have a plan to deal with any problem spots. Also, don’t forget about the link between agronomic practices and thatch. For example, excess irrigation and fertilizer can exacerbate the buildup of thatch.
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Finally – hey, who is this Stay-Puft?
If you need an idea for Halloween (or a Halloween 5k race as shown here), just order up a clean tyvek suit, at least 3 sizes too big, add some cheap hand-made accessories, and get Puft! (But don’t let your turf get Puft).
(Top Stay Puft image from http://www.comicvine.com/stay-puft-marshmallow-man/4005-54956/)