Looking for lawns!

green residential lawn with several white clover flowers

Do you live in the Twin Cities area and have a lawn that you manage or mow? We are looking for lawns to study as part of the Minneapolis-St.

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 15:03

Smart Irrigation Month

By Dan Sandor

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 16:28

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media 10/15/18

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work.  We have a podcast, a Yard and Garden post and a newly-revised Extension article!

WCCO’s Smart Gardens October 13 podcast features Jon Trappe, Mary Meyer and Jared Gamm who answer listeners' questions on gardening and lawns

UMN Extension's Yard and Garden blog features a post - Should I mulch? Or bag my leaves this fall? - by Jon Trappe

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 12:58

Which fine fescue should you use?

By Eric Watkins

I often get asked what I’d recommend for a good fine fescue mixture for Minnesota. I usually recommend a mixture of the three fine fescue species that are most readily available: hard, Chewings, and strong creeping red. The tricky part is determining the final components of a fine fescue mixture that will result in a high-performing turf.

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 11:22

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media 4/24/18

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work.  We have a newscast segment, a video, several podcasts and an article!

WCCO’s Good Question: What Does This Extended Winter Mean for Our Lawns? featuring Sam Bauer

Beyond Beekeeping podcast interview by Mindy Holahan Peters featuring James Wolfin

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:49

Turf Species for Minnesota Home Lawns

Sam Bauer and Parker Anderson of the University of Minnesota have created an infographic that profiles different turfgrass species for use in Minnesota home lawns. This is a great resource to educate homeowners on the characteristics, maintenance, and recommendations of these grasses for specific uses such as under low maintenance or shade conditions. 

Turf Species for Minnesota Home Lawns infographic

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 11:52

Can we control lawn weeds without herbicides?

By Jon Trappe

Many plant enthusiasts have observed difficulty planting some plant species around black walnut trees.  Black walnut trees naturally excrete chemicals into their environment to make themselves more competitive.  This negative plant-on-plant interaction is known as allelopathy, and is more common in multiple plant species than was once previously thought. 

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:17