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Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Associate Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.
Specializes in professional turfgrass management of golf courses, athletic fields, sod production and landscape turf.
Research program focuses on developing turfgrass nutrition programs, assessing the environmental fate of fertilizer applications to turfgrass, investigating irrigation practices, and management strategies to alleviate winterkill of turfgrass. Dr. Frank conducts turfgrass cultivar evaluations through the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program and also conducts fertilizer product evaluations in turfgrass.
April 20, 2018 | Spots of your lawn may need reseeding this spring.
April 11, 2018 | Growing degree-days have accumulated very slowly this year, but many areas in Lower Michigan are now or will shortly be in the optimum application window for applying plant growth regulators to control annual bluegrass seedheads on golf courses.
April 10, 2018 | When is the correct time to apply crabgrass pre-emergence herbicides?
February 22, 2018 | Recent rainfall events caused flooding in many lawns and other turf areas. Unless flooding was accompanied by soil deposition, most turf areas should have minimal damage.
October 27, 2017 | The MSU Turf School, Dec. 11-14, 2017, is a week-long course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass.
October 3, 2017 | Weed, disease and insect control and fertilizer applications are all being affected by the hot, dry weather in September.
August 23, 2017 | Stretches of dry and hot weather this summer resulted in some lawns being stressed and slow to recover. As Labor Day weekend approaches, a fertilizer application will ensure the turf maintains density and competes with pests such as weeds and rust.
August 23, 2017 | September is the ideal time for seeding turfgrass in Michigan.
June 29, 2017 | The MSU Turfgrass Field Day includes presentations and workshops covering golf, lawn and athletic field research.
June 19, 2017 | Throughout much of Michigan, lawns are under stress from high temperatures and lack of rainfall.