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.
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.
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.
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.
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!