Tall Fescue

October 21, 2019

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. 

July 9, 2019

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.

July 22, 2018

By Michael Laskowski

Have you ever wondered where all the salt goes after the snow and ice melts from the roadsides and sidewalks? It turns out, most of the salt runs into the storm drain, but some salt will end up along the roadsides and boulevards in green areas.

September 6, 2017

By Eric Watkins

When I started working at the University of Minnesota in 2004, there was very limited use of tall fescue as a turfgrass in Minnesota; this was primarily due to the perception that the winter hardiness of the species didn’t really measure up to other cool-season grasses. We started putting in turf plots of tall fescue right away, and noticed that it seemed to do just fine under most winter conditions.

August 3, 2015

Previously I wrote about the different renovation options for fall seeding of lawns and about the various attributes of cool-season lawn grasses.  This week I wanted to discuss the mixtures and blends of grass seed that are on the consumer marketplace.  If you’ve ever walked into your local big box store or garden center looking for grass seed, the different products available can be fairly int

September 11, 2014

By Maggie Reiter, Graduate Research Assistant

Rainout shelter on the St. Paul campus
Rainout shelter on the St. Paul campus. Photo: Maggie Reiter

August 8, 2012

Below is a re-post from Dr. Doug Soldat at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.  We are recommending tall fescue more and more for use in home lawn situations. This may be another added benefit: