Turfgrass Science News

There’s no question that the fall drought has taken a major toll on many of the turfed landscapes in Minnesota.  If you failed to maintain turf health through supplemental watering from August to October, you most likely have yet to make a damage assessment of your lawn.  During the summer months we talk a lot about letting our lawns go dormant during a drought and waiting for rain to replenish soil moisture.  This is nothing new.  However, the duration of the fall drought has pushed our lawns to the limit, probably passed the limit in many cases.  There are two main concerns:  1) how long

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I’ve received many questions from homeowners recently regarding fall seeding options if they’ve missed the optimal seeding window from mid-August to mid-September.  If you’ve missed that window, but you still want to conduct seeding practices this fall, my recommendation is to wait until November to seed.  This practice is called “dormant seeding” and is certainly an effective way to introduce new species and/or varieties of turf into your existing lawn. 

If you’re lawn is brown or dormant due to the current drought, you might still have time to get some life back before winter.  My recommendation is to keep (or start) watering your lawn to avoid significant winter injury.  Jason DeRusha addressed this issue last night on his “Good Question” segment.  Follow the link below:

WCCO’s Good Question with Jason DeRusha


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