With a 3 inch rainfall deficit in August and almost 1.5 inches below average in September already, water is going to be the most important component of your lawn maintenance program this fall. Dr. Eric Watkins, Associate Professor of Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics, discusses the issue on WCCO:
Hot July, Dry August
In previous years we’ve offered the MTGF and U of MN Turfgrass Field Day here on campus at the Turfgrass Research, Outreach, and Education Center. This year we are trying something different by offering the Field Day Virtually. Through the efforts of our team here in the Turfgrass Science Program, and with the help of the University of Minnesota Extension, we have put together a great lineup of short (3-5 min) videos from our educators and students. These videos will be made available to you daily (one per day) starting on September 17th, and ending on October 1st.
There has recently been much discussion regarding the potential of no-mow grasses for use in home lawn settings. That brings the question, “exactly what are no-mow grasses?” Seed mixtures labeled as no-mow generally contain at least three species of fine fescues. In the fine fescue category, there are severa