Turfgrass Science News

Below is a re-post from Dr. Doug Soldat at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.  We are recommending tall fescue more and more for use in home lawn situations. This may be another added benefit:

Last week I had the opportunity to volunteer with the golf course maintenance team at the TPC Twin Cities for their Champions Tour event the 3M Championship.  In the year that marks the 20th anniversary for this tournament, organizers achieved an unprecedented goal of 20 million dollars donated to charity since the tournament inception.  The 3M Championship is great for golf in Minnesota and the charitable donations benefit the lives of many Minnesotans.  Volunteer opportunities are always available for turfgrass managers and students that are interested in gaining valuable tournament exper

If you’re reading this, odds are that your home lawn has been on a rollercoaster ride this summer and you’re wondering what happened and where to go from here.  The good news is YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  A quick look back at the climatological data for the Twin Cities from March until now puts the struggles of the 2012 growing season into perspective.  In mid-March we saw highs in the upper 70’s, and actually recorded a high of 80° F on March 17th.  And just when your lawn thought it was time to start growing, it was reminded that summer was still a long way off by the average spring t

by Dr. Brian Horgan 

July 23, 2012

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 preserving our water resource.  Many of these products are designed to update current irrigation systems. 

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What is Turfgrass Science?

The University of Minnesota's Turfgrass Science Program conducts field-based research and offers education and consultation to both commercial turfgrass managers and homeowners caring for their yards.

For turfgrass or home lawn questions, contact:

Sam Bauer
Assistant Extension Professor
sjbauer@umn.edu or 612-626-3085
Sam Bauer

 

Dr. Brian Horgan
Professor
bphorgan@umn.edu or 612-624-0782
Dr. Brian Horgan

 

For degree questions, contact:

Dr. Eric Watkins
ewatkins@umn.edu or 612-624-7496
Dr. Eric Watkins