Turfgrass Science News

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Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 2:00pm

By James Wolfin and Phoebe Koenig - UMN Bee Lab

Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea L.), also called ground ivy, is a common herbaceous perennial native to the British Isles.  Creeping Charlie has since spread to North America, and has been present in our landscapes for nearly 200 years.  While some consider creeping Charlie to be a weedy species, others consider it to be naturalized, and some seed providers will sell this flower as a form of ornamental ground cover. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 8:45pm

The 2017 Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals manual is now available from the University of Minnesota Bookstore.  This newly expanded guide provides weed identification and control information that turfgrass professionals can use to develop effective weed control programs for golf courses, athletic fields, sod farms, lawns, and other turfgrass systems.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 1:30pm

Recently, we’ve received several questions regarding a new product offering from The Scott’s Company called “Roundup for Lawns.”  There are several versions of this product, including both Northern and Southern grass options.  The Northern grass product, for use on Minnesota lawns, states that the product “kills weeds, not the lawn.”  Most of us are familiar with the original version of Roundup, which contains the active ingredient glyphosate, and we know that glyphosate is a non-selective vegetation killer- meaning that it kills most plants that it is sprayed on.  So, how does Roundup for Lawns not kill the entire lawn? 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 12:00pm

Do you have a weedy lawn or a lawn currently composed of high maintenance turfgrass species and you want transition to something that takes less work and is better for the environment?  If so, please have a look at this series of 7 videos sponsored by the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation.  This process is best accomplished in the fall from August 15th to September 15th, but spring conversions are possible as well.  Following the last step, erosion control, you'll want to be sure to keep the seedbed moist throughout the germination period, which is generally 7-14 days.

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:45pm

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Sam Bauer, Extension Educator
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Sam Bauer

Dr. Brian Horgan, Professor
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Dr. Brian Horgan

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Dr. Eric Watkins, Professor
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Dr. Eric Watkins