Metropolitan Council

June 29, 2020

By Shane Evans

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is home to several model landscapes, gardens and research projects.  With funding from the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, Turfgrass Science team members, led by Dr. Dan Sandor, now at Virginia Tech University, installed an experiment to determine the effectiveness of various smart irrigation controllers and technologies in 2019. The purpose of this article is to give a brief introduction of the project and what we hope to learn from it.

June 23, 2020

Have you ever wondered if it's possible to grow a healthy lawn with less water?  A free, five-part webinar series from the Metropolitan Council and University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science team wants to help answer that question. 

May 7, 2020

By Eric Watkins

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you have read about projects led by a number of different researchers in our group at the University of Minnesota. I recently wrote a short article published in Golf Course Management about the high cost of turfgrass research. Fortunately, in Minnesota there is tremendous support for research from professional turfgrass organizations.

March 26, 2020

By Shane Evans

Hello everyone, my name is Shane Evans and I am the new Lawn Water Conservation Educator with the Turfgrass Science group here at the University of Minnesota.  I am currently in my first month of work, and am looking forward to working with and interacting with the many organizations and homeowners of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area.

September 3, 2019

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about turfgrass at the Minnesota State Fair!

August 24, 2018

Hole Notes, a publication by the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association (MGCSA), recently featured our team in several articles. 

August 21, 2018

The University of Minnesota Extension Turfgrass Science program is proud to partner with the Metropolitan Council in providing information on water conservation to homeowners. Learn about how to maintain a healthy green lawn while reducing your irrigation practices and talk with UMN turfgrass science experts about water conservation practices for irrigating your lawn. Discover the important benefits of auditing your irrigation system, planting drought tolerant turfgrasses, utilizing rain sensors, smart controllers, soil moisture sensors, and much more!

June 23, 2018

Extension educator Sam Bauer was recently featured in a video - Too Much of a Good Thing: Watering Your Lawn and the Water Supply in the Twin Cities - from the Metropolitan Council.