James Wolfin

New bee lawn resources from UMN Extension

UMN Extension now has new materials on everything you need to know to grow your own bee lawn! UMN researchers have spent several years studying bee lawns and the pollinators that benefit from them. These resources (written by Turfgrass Scientist Kristine Moncada, Turfgrass Extension Educator Maggie Reiter and James Wolfin of Metro Blooms) combine the results of all this work so everyone can learn the steps in establishing and maintaining a bee lawn. Don’t forget to consult the new page, Planting and maintaining a bee lawn, for all your bee lawn questions.

Tue, 08/24/2021 - 13:42


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 5/15/2020

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have two articles to share.

Eric Watkins authored Improving Turfgrass Winter Stress Tolerance in the May 2020 edition of Hole Notes, the official publication of the MGCSA.

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 11:24


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media - 3/23/2020

Check out our team’s latest effort in educating the public about our work!  We have a new article on bee lawns to share.

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 08:55


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media - 9/30/19

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have a research report, new research results and a newspaper article.

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 13:35


Flowering Bee Lawn Field Day Open House

By Kristine Moncada

Wed, 06/26/2019 - 09:57


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media - 6/23/19

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have three articles, several podcasts and two public outreach events.

Brian Horgan, Eric Lonsdorf, Chris Nootenboom and Ben Janke wrote The Value of a Golf Course for the Department of Horticultural Science Spring/Summer 2018 Horticulture Newsletter.

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 20:31


Grad student James Wolfin in Star Tribune article

Graduate student James Wolfin was recently featured in a StarTribune article - Program to pay Minnesota homeowners to let their lawn go to the bees. In it, he discusses how homeowners can have lawns, but still provide nectar resources for pollinators.  His research on bee lawns is a joint project from the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science team and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab.

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 08:55


Bee lawn article in Washington Post

Graduate student James Wolfin was recently featured in an article - Save the bees (and time and money) by creating a bee lawn - in the Washington Post. It has highlights from his research on bee lawns, a joint project from The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science team and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab.

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 12:23


UMN Turfgrass Science Team in MGCSA Hole Notes publication

Hole Notes, a publication by the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association (MGCSA), recently featured our team in several articles.  Graduate students James Wolfin and Hannah Ramer wrote an in-depth article on University of Minnesota research on bee lawns titled Redesign Your Rough (and driving range): Implementing Conservation Practices in Low-Use Areas to Support Pollinators. There is also a great photo spread on the Turf and Grounds Field Day held on August 9, 2018 with the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation.

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 10:55