Turfgrass Science News

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work.  We have a podcast, a blog post, and a lawn care calendar!

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:00pm

By Eric Watkins

I often get asked what I’d recommend for a good fine fescue mixture for Minnesota. I usually recommend a mixture of the three fine fescue species that are most readily available: hard, Chewings, and strong creeping red. The tricky part is determining the final components of a fine fescue mixture that will result in a high-performing turf.

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 11:00am

Hole Notes, a publication by the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association (MGCSA), recently featured our team in several articles. 

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 10:45am

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!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 11:30am

The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science Team has partnered with the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association (MGCSA) to perform on-site research determined by the members themselves. As part of this project, we conducted a study at Centerbrook Golf Course. We examined the following research question: Can a surfactant with the right chemistry also function as a wetting agent to combat wilt from dry spots?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 1:15pm

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Dr. Eric Watkins