By Ben Blackburn
There are many different factors that can influence the aesthetic value of a lawn. Color, texture, and shape have an impact on how people see and interact with a given turf space. There has been a lot of research done on the relationship between the aesthetic value of a space and how humans perceive and react to the space.
By Dominic Petrella
It is a common misconception that turfgrasses respond the same to neutral and foliar shade conditions. However, this is not true, and even some of the best turfgrasses for shady areas exhibit contrasting growth under these different types of shade.
Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work! We have a video, an upcoming Minnesota legislature address and three articles.
By Yinjie Qiu
With about 450 species, fescues (Festuca L., Poaceae) are a large and diverse genus of perennial grasses. Based on various features, fine fescues are currently divided into two groups referred to as the F. rubra complex and the F. ovina complex. While it is relatively easy to identify fine fescue species into their proper complex, it is challenging to differentiate species within the same complex.
By Andrew Hollman
When seeding our turfgrass research plots we often cover them using products designed to prevent erosion and increase germination. In recent years we have used a different product for trials we are doing in conjunction with another university. With these removable blankets we have run into a number of challenges.