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?
By James Wolfin
When you close your eyes, and envision the “perfect” front lawn, what comes to mind? If I had to guess, I’d imagine that you are envisioning a lush, low-cut grass, with a deep green color that is uniform and free of weeds across the entirety of the landscape. What the average land manager or homeowner may not consider is: How can we support our pollinators within the turf lawn?
Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. We have a podcast, a Yard and Garden post and a newly-revised Extension article!
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.
Wondering what you can do for your lawn now that it's finally spring? Extension educator Sam Bauer will give you some spring lawn care tips!
Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. We have a newscast segment, a video, several podcasts and an article!
Sam Bauer and Parker Anderson of the University of Minnesota have created an infographic that profiles different turfgrass species for use in Minnesota home lawns. This is a great resource to educate homeowners on the characteristics, maintenance, and recommendations of these grasses for specific uses such as under low maintenance or shade conditions.
By Jon Trappe
Many plant enthusiasts have observed difficulty planting some plant species around black walnut trees. Black walnut trees naturally excrete chemicals into their environment to make themselves more competitive. This negative plant-on-plant interaction is known as allelopathy, and is more common in multiple plant species than was once previously thought.
There have been a few reports (Bertin et al., 2009; Bertin et al., 2003) of natural weed suppression in certain fine fescues (Festuca spp.).
Did you know that many Minnesotans with irrigation systems over-water their lawns? University of Minnesota Extension and the Metropolitan Council have created a new educational video on home irrigation efficiency that illustrates how homeowners can save water, while still having a great-looking lawn.
Here is an updated version of a blog post that was originally published on November 15, 2013. Turf Extension Educator Sam Bauer has been interviewed about this topic in several great articles since then so be sure to check out the links at the end of the blog post!
By Sam Bauer
Are you looking to avoid the leaf raking process this weekend? The real answer to the above question is NO, but it comes with one catch.