The winter of 2016/17 was anything but normal and it feels like we’re getting used to saying that every spring. An exceptionally warm November, over an inch of rainfall (and therefore ice) on Christmas, golf in mid-February, a general lack of snow cover, and temperatures more than 10 degrees below average in early-March are just a few of the ups and downs that we’ve experienced in the Twin Cities metro region this winter. So, what does this mean for turf and golf courses, you might ask?
Educational Opportunity: The 2018 Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science Online Course (For Professionals) is set for January 2nd – March 23th, 2018.
By James Wolfin, Graduate Research Assistant
The turf lawn accounts for nearly 2% of the continental United States land cover, and has become engrained in the architecture of many United States neighborhoods and landscapes. As urban and suburban areas continue to expand, we can expect this number to increase as many yards, store fronts, and commercial buildings are installed to accompany properties.
By: Jonah Reyes, Research Scientist
Image 1: 12” Drip line above MNST-12 sod and seed. (Photo: Jonah Reyes)