Horticulture, Gardening and Turfgrass Collections
Cooler temperatures and the beginning stages of foliage color changes are a sign that the fall season has finally arrived! This means it’s time for fertilizing, planting annuals and perennials, and landscaping while the soil is still warm. Don’t have a “green thumb”? The library has a large collection of books, DVDs and online resources available to help you learn about horticulture, turfgrass, gardening and landscaping projects. Just type in a keyword, e.g., gardening.
Below is a sample of some of our featured resources.
Be sure to check out the subject guide to assist you in locating more resources!
Helpful Fall Horticulture Tips: Courtesy of Randy Sigg, Instructor in the Horticulture Technology Program at Cato
- Aerate-overseed and fertilize your cool season lawns (fescue) now
- Be sure to use a good quality, hybrid fescue blend seed as well as a good starter fertilizer (ex.18-24-12 slow release). The first number is for nitrogen which affects the green & growing part of grass; the second (phosphorus) and third (potassium) numbers help establish a good, healthy root system.“The numbers reflect the percentage of weight of the three major nutrients to help ensure healthy plant growth: nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium (N-P-K).” (See website information below on Understanding Fertilizer Numbers: N-P-K)
- Now’s the time to get ready to plant fall/winter annuals, e.g., pansies
- Planting shrubs? Wait until temperature cools a bit more
*Understanding Fertilizer Numbers: N-P-K. http://www.learn2grow.com/gardeningguides/fertilizer/basics/understandingfertilizernumbers.aspx
Online Resource of the Month: The Turfgrass Information File
Looking for information on much? Fairy Rings? The latest research in turf grass developments and maintenance? Check out The Turfgrass Information File (TGIF). This database contains over 150,000 records with over 40% full-text articles, books or linking to full-text online journals, magazines, web sites and other turf related resources.
TGIF is maintained by The Turfgrass Information Center (TIC) at the Michigan State University Libraries and contains the most comprehensive public collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world.