Turfgrass Science News

By Sam Bauer

There's still a little time left to seed your lawn this season so we thought we would share a post originally published in 2015.

Previously I wrote about the different renovation options for fall seeding of lawns and about the various attributes of cool-season lawn grasses.  This week I wanted to discuss the mixtures and blends of grass seed that are on the consumer marketplace.  If you’ve ever walked into your local big box store or garden center looking for grass seed, the different products available can be fairly intimidating. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 5:00pm

By Sam Bauer

There's still a little time left to seed your lawn this season so we thought we would share a post originally published in 2015. 

Now is the time to start thinking about seed selection and purchasing.  Depending on the condition of your lawn and your goals going forward, I may recommend one of several renovation options and seed mixtures.  Ideally, this work would be carried out from mid-August to mid-September. 

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:45am

By Eric Watkins

When I started working at the University of Minnesota in 2004, there was very limited use of tall fescue as a turfgrass in Minnesota; this was primarily due to the perception that the winter hardiness of the species didn’t really measure up to other cool-season grasses. We started putting in turf plots of tall fescue right away, and noticed that it seemed to do just fine under most winter conditions.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 2:30pm

Join us on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Minnesota State Fair

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 2:00pm

By James Wolfin and Phoebe Koenig - UMN Bee Lab

Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea L.), also called ground ivy, is a common herbaceous perennial native to the British Isles.  Creeping Charlie has since spread to North America, and has been present in our landscapes for nearly 200 years.  While some consider creeping Charlie to be a weedy species, others consider it to be naturalized, and some seed providers will sell this flower as a form of ornamental ground cover. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 8:45pm

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