UMN Turfgrass Team at Minnetrista's Trista Day!

person looking at a turfgrass display at an event

On Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, the city of Minnetrista is holding their Trista Da

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 11:50

UMN Turfgrass Team at Fridley's Environmental Fun Fair!

an event display with turfgrass samples and irrigation supplies

On Saturday, May 7, 2022 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, the city of Fridley is having their

Mon, 05/02/2022 - 12:56

UMN Turfgrass Team at Lakeville's Watershed Cleanup & Earth Day Celebration!

a trailer with educational turfgrass displays outside at an event

On Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, the city of Lakeville is having their

Mon, 04/25/2022 - 09:23

A belated goodbye: Shane Evans

By Eric Watkins

Wed, 02/23/2022 - 11:41

Now hiring - Extension Educator in Turfgrass Irrigation & Water Resources!

2/24/22 The deadline for the Extension Educator position has been extended to March 6, 2022!

University of Minnesota Extension is conducting a candidate search for a newly developed, full-time position in turfgrass irrigation and water resources. This position is funded for three years with the expectation that it will continue beyond that date. DEADLINE extended to March 6, 2022.

Fri, 01/21/2022 - 15:00

New research publication from our team - 1/3/22

Learn more about our research! A new research article from our group has been published in Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management. This study used a survey to investigate what residents in the Twin Cities think of different lawn watering restriction scenarios. The results can help guide the development of strategies for conserving water used for home lawn irrigation.
Barnes, M.R., C. Yue, and E. Watkins. 2021. Homeowner perceptions of watering restriction scenarios in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area.

Mon, 01/03/2022 - 09:56

National award for water conservation collaboration

For the past several years, we have partnered with the Metropolitan Council on the Twin Cities Lawn Irrigation Efficiency Study. Recently, the Metropolitan Council earned a national award for water conservation collaborations from the U.S.

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 14:35

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 7/21/21

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Eric Watkins was featured in a Kare 11 news segment, Maggie Reiter was interviewed in the Star Tribune, and Shane Evans was featured in a Fox 9 news segment!

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 15:59

July = Smart irrigation month, but how can these “smart” irrigation technologies help us in a drought?

By Shane Evans

For those of you who don't know, the Irrigation Association has deemed July as Smart Irrigation Month. According to their website, “Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative celebrated throughout July to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services in landscape, turf and agricultural irrigation” (Irrigation Association, 2020).

Tue, 07/20/2021 - 21:58