Pest Management for Home Lawns

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CoverBruce Barrett
Division of Plant Sciences
Brad Fresenburg
Division of Plant Sciences
Lee Miller
Division of Plant Sciences

In addition to providing a place to relax and play, lawns are beneficial in preventing soil erosion, reducing animal and insect pests, and cooling the landscape around a home. Like all plants, however, lawn turfgrasses are susceptible to pest pressure from weeds, diseases and insects.

This pocket-size manual familiarizes homeowners and lawn care professionals with the pest problems that may be encountered in a home lawn and provides information on the most sustainable and integrated management solutions for those problems. It contains descriptions and photos to aid in identification of turfgrasses and the most common lawn weeds, diseases and insects. In addition, it includes tables that indicate the degree of control provided by herbicides, fungicides and insecticides labeled for use on residential lawns.


  • Aeration
  • Annual bluegrass
  • Aphids
  • Ascochyta leaf blight
  • Barnyardgrass
  • Bedstraw
  • Bermudagrass characteristics
  • Billbugs
  • Black medic
  • Broadleaf plantain
  • Broadleaf weeds
  • Broadleaves
  • Brown patch
  • Buckhorn plantain
  • Buffalograss characteristics
  • Carolina geranium
  • Carpetweed
  • Chinch bugs
  • Common chickweed
  • Common lawn diseases
  • Common lawn insects
  • Common lawn weeds
  • Common lespedeza
  • Common plantain
  • Common purslane
  • Crabgrass
  • Cultural controls for lawns
  • Dallisgrass
  • Dandelion
  • Deadnettle
  • Dollar spot
  • Fall armyworms
  • Fall panicum
  • Fertility
  • Fine-leaf fescue characteristics
  • Foxtails
  • Fungicides
  • Fungicides labeled for use on residential lawns
  • Goosegrass
  • Grass anatomy
  • Grasslike weeds
  • Grassy weeds
  • Gray leaf spot
  • Ground ivy
  • Growth habit
  • Henbit
  • Herbicides
  • Insecticides
  • Insecticides labeled for use on residential lawns
  • Kentucky bluegrass characteristics
  • Kentucky bluegrass diseases
  • Large patch
  • Lifecycles of common lawn weeds
  • Ligule
  • Management practices for insects
  • Morphological characteristics of major turfgrass species
  • Moss
  • Mouseear chickweed
  • Mowing
  • Nimblewill
  • Perennial ryegrass characteristics
  • Planting
  • Prostrate knotweed
  • Prostrate spurge
  • Protecting pollinators
  • Pythium blight
  • Sedge control herbicides and sedge control and turfgrass tolerance ratings
  • Sedges
  • Shepherd's-purse
  • Speedwell
  • Summer patch
  • Tall fescue characteristics
  • Tall fescue diseases
  • Turfgrass identification
  • Turfgrass tolerance to pereemergence herbicides
  • Watering
  • Weed control ratings for postemergence broadleaf herbicides
  • Weed identification
  • White clover
  • White grubs
  • Wild garlic
  • Wild onion
  • Wild violets
  • Yellow nutsedge
  • Yellow woodsorrel
  • Zoysiagrass characteristics
  • Zoysiagrass diseases


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