What a difference a year can make. We certainly didn’t expect to be writing this report in the end of April while looking at snow on the ground across the state. Now compare this to last spring, with golf courses opening in mid-March, and it gives us a little perspective on the influences that Mother Nature can dish out from season to season. This winter has certainly gone on long enough, but the end is near (let’s hope). We rewrote the record books last summer and fall with heat and drought extremes across the state, and this winter broke some records of its own. How about these new T
A quick update for those of you planning to submit soil tests this spring. Effective April 15th, the University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory has new forms and prices for conducting a soil test. The new price for a Regular Test is $17.00. This is a very reasonable price for testing pH, phosphorus, potassiu
Are you ready for spring or still enjoying the winter? Either way, it’s time to start thinking about home lawn care again. Last fall we were stressing the importance of maintaining moisture levels in your lawn amidst one of the worst droughts in Minnesota’s history. In case you’ve forgotten, the months of August through November alone saw an eight inch precipitation deficit in the Twin Cities area. This translates to approximately 70% below average precipitation for the fall period. Many other areas of the state, mainly northwestern and southern Minnesota, were in a much worse situatio
Congratulations to Karen Wennberg for winning January’s iPad Mini drawing! The second drawing will be held on Thursday, February 28th. Be sure to fill out the survey for two more chances to win an iPad Mini. Find the survey here.
For questions regarding this contest or the survey, please contact:
Sam Bauer, Extension Educator – Turfgrass Science
University of Minnesota Extension