Turfgrass Science News

A University research team led by Professor Eric Watkins is working to promote healthy roadside turfgrass. The current issue of Catalyst from the Center for Transportation Studies has an article that describes the project. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:30pm

By Sam Bauer

It’s officially fall!  In a post that was originally published in 2015, Sam Bauer answers some common questions that homeowners may have about fall lawn care.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 11:30am

Fine fescue turfgrass species are excellent alternatives to provide functional turf areas while reducing inputs of water, fertilizer, mowing, and pesticides.  Eric Watkins recently received a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to identify ways to facilitate adoption of these fine fescues on private and public landscapes.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 8:30am

By Dominic Petrella

Before I came to the University of Minnesota I had never actually seen a fine fescue golf green in person.  I’ve always had the impression that fine fescue species could only produce a suitable greens surface in climates similar to Ireland, the U.K., or the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.  Recent research, however, is helping me to realize that fine fescues could be suitable for golf greens in Minnesota (or similar Midwest locations) that want a lower input option.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 8:00am

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about turfgrass.  We have a newscast segment, we have an article, and we have radio interviews!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:00am

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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.

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For questions related to turfgrass extension, contact:

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

For degree questions, contact:

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