Turfgrass Science News

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work.  We have a podcast and two articles!

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 2:15pm

by Chase Straw

Natural turfgrass sports fields vary in properties, such as soil moisture and surface hardness, due to weather conditions, field construction, field management, and foot traffic patterns from field usage.  Because fields are not uniform, natural variation could influence playing surface predictability and require athletes to make abrupt or frequent adjustments that lead to increased injury.  A two-year study was conducted at the University of Georgia to determine the influence of within-field changes on ground-related injury occurrence.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 1:45pm

by Ryan Schwab

A rising trend in golf course management is the use of wetting agents in late fall to help turfgrass recovery in the spring. Earlier recovery may lead to earlier course opening dates, which is a possible advantage here in Minnesota with our short growing season and unpredictable winters that include freeze-thaw cycles, dry periods, and ice cover. All of these situations may increase the potential for winter damage and include a common factor: moisture. Wetting agents are great tools for managing soil moisture issues, so theoretically their influence on moisture in the fall, through winter, and early spring may reduce winter damage. Late fall wetting agent applications are common, but this practice is not well researched yet.

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 1:15pm

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work.  We have a podcast, a blog post, and a lawn care calendar!

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:00pm

By Eric Watkins

I often get asked what I’d recommend for a good fine fescue mixture for Minnesota. I usually recommend a mixture of the three fine fescue species that are most readily available: hard, Chewings, and strong creeping red. The tricky part is determining the final components of a fine fescue mixture that will result in a high-performing turf.

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 11:00am


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