Our Horticulture Program conducts applied research designed to help homeowners, institutions, and commercial managers have more success with their turfgrass and lawns. Our projects focus primarily on easy to implement, low-cost methods that are in harmony with the principles of integrated pest management (IPM). Partners in our projects include Cornell’s IPM Program, Faculty in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell, and the NYS Turfgrass Association.
Below is a list of past and current projects:
The Capital District Turgrass Diagnostic Laboratory is available to examine turfgrass samples for insect, disease, and cultural problems. The lab features rapid insect identification, thorough disease identification, and advice from expert horticulturists.
Samples are accepted from anyone working with turfgrass and lawns:
Please provide us with a piece of turfgrass showing both healthy and diseased plants. Golf course superintendents may use a cup cutter, while other samples should be at least 6 inches square. Information, including the location of the turf, growing conditions, fertilization program, recent treatments, and a description of the problem is needed. There is a $10.00 fee per sample.
Samples can be brought to our office at 61 State Street in Troy, NY 12180, any weekday between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. We are closed on government holidays. The person dropping off the sample is required to fill out the appropriate paperwork.
Last updated April 3, 2018