by Yinjie Qiu
Fine fescues are often planted in mixtures, rather than as a single species, because the different species have complementary characteristics that work together to form a good quality turf stand. Yet when fine fescues are planted in mixtures, it is difficult to establish final community composition because the species are so similar morphologically. We are working on a technique to quickly determine fine fescue mixture species composition, which will benefit turfgrass researchers across the country.
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.
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by Chase Straw
Natural turfgrass sports fields vary in properties, such as soil moisture and surface hardness, due to weather conditions, field construction, field management, and foot traffic patterns from field usage. Because fields are not uniform, natural variation could influence playing surface predictability and require athletes to make abrupt or frequent adjustments that lead to increased injury. A two-year study was conducted at the University of Georgia to determine the influence of within-field changes on ground-related injury occurrence.
by Ryan Schwab
A rising trend in golf course management is the use of wetting agents in late fall to help turfgrass recovery in the spring. Earlier recovery may lead to earlier course opening dates, which is a possible advantage here in Minnesota with our short growing season and unpredictable winters that include freeze-thaw cycles, dry periods, and ice cover. All of these situations may increase the potential for winter damage and include a common factor: moisture. Wetting agents are great tools for managing soil moisture issues, so theoretically their influence on moisture in the fall, through winter, and early spring may reduce winter damage. Late fall wetting agent applications are common, but this practice is not well researched yet.