Turfgrass Science News

By Dan Sandor

It’s that time of the year – the Great Minnesota Get-Together kicks off this Thursday, August 22nd and runs through Labor Day, Sept 2nd. Members of our UMN Turf Team will be on hand all 12 days of the fair from 9am to 9pm in the CFANS wing (southwest hall) of the Agriculture Horticulture building located on the corner of Judson Ave and Underwood St.

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 9:45am

By Jon Trappe

Do you believe that if you collect clippings from a weedy lawn, it will cut down on the number of weeds next year?  What about bagging clippings to cut down on the amount of thatch in your turf? Get the real 'dirt' on these common misconceptions and more about lawn mowing.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 9:00am

by Dan Sandor

July is annually recognized by the Irrigation Association as Smart Irrigation Month, but what does it mean to utilize smart irrigation? In a time of smartphones, smart watches, smart appliances, and smart homes why shouldn’t your lawn’s sprinkler system be just as intelligent?

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 4:00pm

by Ryan Schwab

Water-repellent soils are one of the challenges faced by golf course superintendents. This phenomenon can cause localized dry spots, which are areas of wilted turfgrass struggling from a rootzone with poor water infiltration, poor water retention, and non-uniform flow of water among other important soil characteristics. The potential or severity of soil water repellency may increase once the soil dries down to a specific level. Our team conducted research on soil water repellency as part of a MGCSA Member-Driven Research project involving the soil surfactant, Cascade Plus.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 1:15pm

By Dominic Christensen

Turfgrass species are often planted to revegetate roadsides after construction, especially in cities and urban areas. This article highlights the rationale for use of individual species along roadsides, their advantages, and disadvantages in Minnesota or in regions with a similar climate.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

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