Turfgrass Science News

I received an email from a local golf course today regarding surface conditions of their greens under the most recent snowfall (16 inches, 12/9/12) and rainfall (0.42 inches, 12/15/12).  With the warmer temperatures and rainfall, the current snow depth has dropped down to 4-5 inches.  The concern right now would be the possible buildup of ice on the greens surface at such an early date.  Luckily with the warmer temperatures that we’ve been having (+10 F above average) and the snow insulation, the layer of moisture below the snow is well aerated and not frozen solid on these greens.  Surface

by Eric Watkins

Two University of Minnesota students were recently awarded Trans-Mississippi Golf Association scholarships.  Maggie Reiter, a Horticulture senior, and Daniel Rude, a senior double-majoring in Horticulture and Landscape Design were both awarded scholarships. Click here for more information about this years winners.

For those of you interested in attending the School of Turfgrass Management from January 30th to February 1st, 2013, please complete the registration form below.  All questions regarding format, registration, and payment can be directed to: sjbauer@umn.edu.  Be sure to sign up fast, as there are a limited number of seats available. 

School of Turfgrass Management: Registration Form

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

Save the date for the 2013 School of Turfgrass Management to be held on Jan. 30th-  Feb. 1st at Gross National Golf Club in Minneapolis.


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