Lawn

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


Do you really need to rake all your leaves? An update

Here is an updated version of a blog post that was originally published on November 15, 2013.  Turf Extension Educator Sam Bauer has been interviewed about this topic in several great articles since then so be sure to check out the links at the end of the blog post!

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:52


Survey finds many Twin Cities residents are overwatering lawns

Turf Extension Educator Sam Bauer was featured in a Star Tribune article summarizing some “eye-opening” results of a recent survey of Twin Cities residents on lawn irrigation.  The survey, conducted by University of Minnesota researchers and the Metropolitan Council, found many homeowners are not managing their irrigation systems effectively, leading to overwatering of lawns. 

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:36


Q & A: Fall Lawn Care

Q: What mowing height should I keep my lawn at before winter?

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:38


Visit the Turfgrass Science Team at the State Fair

Irrigation display at State Fair

Join us on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Minnesota State Fair!  Our team will be at the

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 14:21


Turfgrass cultivar evaluation results for 2015 are now available!

By Sam Bauer

The 2015 Cultivar Evaluation Results are now available and published online.  To view these results, click the “Cultivar Evaluation Results” tab under the Research section on the left of this webpage.  Clicking this link will initially bring you to the 2015 data page, but you can view archived data from 2007-2013 as well.  Study labels are preceded by the date in which that study was planted.  For example, “2011 NTEP Kentucky bluegrass” was established in 2011, but you will be viewing the most recent data if you are in the 2015 tab.

How to use the results:

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 15:41


Seeding your lawn this fall? Here are some considerations (Part 2 of 2)

By Sam Bauer

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 intimidating.  To be honest, I often have a difficult time finding the right mixture, because it only takes one bad ingredient to produce a poor quality lawn.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at several categories of grass seed mixtures that are available to you.

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:30