By Dan Sandor
It’s now officially fall, and with the changing of the season comes lower temperatures and a good time to begin preparing lawns and lawn equipment for winter. If you’re a homeowner or a business with an automated irrigation system in your landscape, one of the most important things is to properly prepare your irrigation system for winter.
The University of Minnesota Extension Turfgrass Science program is proud to partner with the Metropolitan Council in providing information on water conservation to homeowners. Learn about how to maintain a healthy green lawn while reducing your irrigation practices and talk with UMN turfgrass science experts about water conservation practices for irrigating your lawn. Discover the important benefits of auditing your irrigation system, planting drought tolerant turfgrasses, utilizing rain sensors, smart controllers, soil moisture sensors, and much more!
Did you know that many Minnesotans with irrigation systems over-water their lawns? University of Minnesota Extension and the Metropolitan Council have created a new educational video on home irrigation efficiency that illustrates how homeowners can save water, while still having a great-looking lawn.
Turf Extension Educator Sam Bauer was featured in a Star Tribune article summarizing some “eye-opening” results of a recent survey of Twin Cities residents on lawn irrigation. The survey, conducted by University of Minnesota researchers and the Metropolitan Council, found many homeowners are not managing their irrigation systems effectively, leading to overwatering of lawns.
By: Jonah Reyes, Research Scientist
Image 1: 12” Drip line above MNST-12 sod and seed. (Photo: Jonah Reyes)
Are you ready for spring or still enjoying the winter? Either way, it’s time to start thinking about home lawn care again. Last fall we were stressing the importance of maintaining moisture levels in your lawn amidst one of the worst droughts in Minnesota’s history. In case you’ve forgotten, the months of August through November alone saw an eight inch precipitation deficit in the Twin Citie
If you’re lawn is brown or dormant due to the current drought, you might still have time to get some life back before winter. My recommendation is to keep (or start) watering your lawn to avoid significant winter injury. Jason DeRusha addressed this issue last night on his “Good Question” segment. Follow the link below:
With the extensive drought we’ve been going through in much of the Midwest, it becomes concerning to think that our lawns are not being watered as efficiently as they could be. For homeowners with irrigation systems, some new technologies have hit the consumer market recently that will aid in water conservation and irrigation uniformity, ultimately increasing the health of your lawn and preser