Winter Injury

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 3/11/21

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Extension Educator Maggie Reiter wrote an article in Yard and Garden News!

The article What does winter injury look like on your lawn? will help determine the causes of those pesky lawn problems that are showing up now that the snow is melted.

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 22:49


Golf course data collection assistance - We need your help!

Are you a golf superintendent who has been affected by winter stress injury?  We are seeking assistance from golf course superintendents on a research project (WinterTurf) focused on understanding winter stresses of turfgrass so that we can develop easy-to-implement solutions for turfgrass managers in cold climates. For this to be successful, we need to enlist the help of hundreds of golf courses located in cold climates throughout the world. For more information and to fill out our participation survey, please visit our Golf Course Data Collection page.

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 15:46


Did my lawn survive the winter?

By Jon Trappe

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 11:08


Can we use tall fescue for lawns in Minnesota?

By Eric Watkins

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:30


Salt-Tolerant Roadside Grasses: Does Anything Actually Survive?

By Matt Cavanaugh, Research Scientist

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:48


Adapting to Extreme Weather

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.

To rehash the recent weather history that many of us may be trying to repress, we had an exceedingly wet and warm spring in 2012, followed by a summer and fall of extreme heat and certifiable drought. That took a toll on grass and trees—not to mention crops—all around the state.

Tue, 05/14/2013 - 15:27


U of M Golf Course Winter Injury Update (May 10th, 2013)

By Sam Bauer

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: 

Mon, 05/13/2013 - 13:03


Regional Golf Course Report (Authored 4.24.13)

By Sam Bauer

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, but the end is near (let’s hope).  We rewrote the record books last summer and fall with heat and drought extremes across the state, and this winter broke some records of its own.  How about these new Twin Cities records:  

Wed, 05/01/2013 - 11:21


Keep watering? Good question……….

By Sam Bauer

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:

WCCO’s Good Question with Jason DeRusha

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 11:34