Turfgrass Science News

The Turf and Grounds Field Day is back for 2018 as we partner again with the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation to produce this popular event. Please mark Thursday, August 9, 2018 on your calendar. We will provide more information on the field day agenda closer to the event date. If you have any questions, please contact Sam Bauer at sjbauer@umn.edu.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:30pm

The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science Team has partnered with the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association to perform on-site research determined by the members themselves. As part of this project, we conducted a study at the Medina Country Club and the Les Bolstad Golf Course in 2017. We examined the following research question: Will installing covers during a February warm-up reduce the risk of injury to annual bluegrass due to deacclimation?

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 1:45pm

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has created new publications on the best management practices (BMPs) of turfgrass pesticides. These BMPs provide guidance on pesticide use for lawn care for homeowners and lawn care companies to help protect water resources, humans, and non-target organisms including pollinators.

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 7:30am

Sam Bauer and Parker Anderson of the University of Minnesota have created an infographic that profiles different turfgrass species for use in Minnesota home lawns. This is a great resource to educate homeowners on the characteristics, maintenance, and recommendations of these grasses for specific uses such as under low maintenance or shade conditions.

Friday, January 5, 2018 - 11:45am

By Jon Trappe

Many plant enthusiasts have observed difficulty planting some plant species around black walnut trees.  Black walnut trees naturally excrete chemicals into their environment to make themselves more competitive.  This negative plant-on-plant interaction is known as allelopathy, and is more common in multiple plant species than was once previously thought. 

There have been a few reports (Bertin et al., 2009; Bertin et al., 2003) of natural weed suppression in certain fine fescues (Festuca spp.).

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 9:00am


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