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.
By Matt Cavanaugh, Research Scientist
Last year’s heat and drought and this year’s late spring have added extra stress to lawns.
With buds finally starting to bloom on trees in the southern part of Minnesota and ice still stubbornly floating around on lakes in the north, it’s a good time to take stock of a strange year of weather and its effect on our lawns and vegetation.
2012-13 has been a year for the record books with extreme heat and droughts across the state in the summer and a winter that never seemed to end. Consider:
What a difference a year can make. We certainly didn’t expect to be writing this report in the end of April while looking at snow on the ground across the state. Now compare this to last spring, with golf courses opening in mid-March, and it gives us a little perspective on the influences that Mother Nature can dish out from season to season. This winter has certainly gone on long enough, bu
If you’re lawn is brown or dormant due to the current drought, you might still have time to get some life back before winter. My recommendation is to keep (or start) watering your lawn to avoid significant winter injury. Jason DeRusha addressed this issue last night on his “Good Question” segment. Follow the link below: