Turfgrass Science News

By Dominic Petrella

Before I came to the University of Minnesota I had never actually seen a fine fescue golf green in person.  I’ve always had the impression that fine fescue species could only produce a suitable greens surface in climates similar to Ireland, the U.K., or the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.  Recent research, however, is helping me to realize that fine fescues could be suitable for golf greens in Minnesota (or similar Midwest locations) that want a lower input option.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 8:00am

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about turfgrass.  We have a newscast segment, we have an article, and we have radio interviews!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:00am

By Sam Bauer

There's still a little time left to seed your lawn this season so we thought we would share a post originally published in 2015.

Previously I wrote about the different renovation options for fall seeding of lawns and about the various attributes of cool-season lawn grasses.  This week I wanted to discuss the mixtures and blends of grass seed that are on the consumer marketplace.  If you’ve ever walked into your local big box store or garden center looking for grass seed, the different products available can be fairly intimidating. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 5:00pm

By Sam Bauer

There's still a little time left to seed your lawn this season so we thought we would share a post originally published in 2015. 

Now is the time to start thinking about seed selection and purchasing.  Depending on the condition of your lawn and your goals going forward, I may recommend one of several renovation options and seed mixtures.  Ideally, this work would be carried out from mid-August to mid-September. 

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:45am

By Eric Watkins

When I started working at the University of Minnesota in 2004, there was very limited use of tall fescue as a turfgrass in Minnesota; this was primarily due to the perception that the winter hardiness of the species didn’t really measure up to other cool-season grasses. We started putting in turf plots of tall fescue right away, and noticed that it seemed to do just fine under most winter conditions.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 2:30pm

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Dr. Eric Watkins