2012-13 has been a year for the record books with extreme heat and droughts across the state in the summer and a winter that never seemed to end. Consider:
For those of you who are wondering when to put your preemergent summer annual grassy weed herbicides down, NOW IS THE TIME. Soil temperatures are near 55 degrees in the upper profile and crabgrass will be germinating at 60 degrees. Any preemergent applications made after crabgrass has germinated will be ineffective.
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
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
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.
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We have extended the registration deadline for those of you interested in attending the Scho
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to sign up fast, as there are a limited number of seats available.
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