Sam Bauer

May 1, 2013

What a difference a year can make.  We certainly didn’t expect to be writing this report in the end of April while looking at snow on the ground across the state.  Now compare this to last spring, with golf courses opening in mid-March, and it gives us a little perspective on the influences that Mother Nature can dish out from season to season.  This winter has certainly gone on long enough, bu

March 14, 2013

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

February 26, 2013

Congratulations to Karen Wennberg for winning January’s iPad Mini drawing!  The second drawing will be held on Thursday, February 28th.  Be sure to fill out the survey for two more chances to win an iPad Mini. Find the survey here.

For questions regarding this contest or the survey, please contact:

January 4, 2013

Extension - Turfgrass ScienceWe have extended the registration deadline for those of you interested in attending the

January 3, 2013

University of Minnesota Extension is seeking feedback from members of the public to help direct future lawn care and turfgrass education programs. Take a brief (10-15 minute) survey and be entered into a drawing for three chances to win an iPad Mini. Drawings will be held on January 31st, February 28th, and March 31st 2013.

December 17, 2012

I received an email from a local golf course today regarding surface conditions of their greens under the most recent snowfall (16 inches, 12/9/12) and rainfall (0.42 inches, 12/15/12).  With the warmer temperatures and rainfall, the current snow depth has dropped down to 4-5 inches.  The concern right now would be the possible buildup of ice on the greens surface at such an early date.  Luckil

November 20, 2012

For those of you interested in attending the School of Turfgrass Management from January 30th to February 1st, 2013, please complete the registration form below.  All questions regarding format, registration, and payment can be directed to: sjbauer@umn.edu.  Be sure to sign up fast, as there are a limited number of seats available. 

November 13, 2012

There’s no question that the fall drought has taken a major toll on many of the turfed landscapes in Minnesota.  If you failed to maintain turf health through supplemental watering from August to October, you most likely have yet to make a damage assessment of your lawn.  During the summer months we talk a lot about letting our lawns go dormant during a drought and waiting for rain to replenish

October 17, 2012

I’ve received many questions from homeowners recently regarding fall seeding options if they’ve missed the optimal seeding window from mid-August to mid-September.  If you’ve missed that window, but you still want to conduct seeding practices this fall, my recommendation is to wait until November to seed.  This practice is called “dormant seeding” and is certainly an effective way to introduce

October 2, 2012

Virtual Field Day Attendee, 

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