Ryan Schwab

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 1/16/24

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. See the December 2024 Edition of MGCSA's Hole Notes for two articles by UMN Turfgrass team members! 

Turfgrass Science Team at the 2023 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings

The Turfgrass Science team from the University of Minnesota was well-represented at this year’s ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings held on October 29 - November 1, 2023 in St. Louis, MO.  Two people gave oral presentations and three people presented posters. Below is a listing of all the oral presentations and posters along with the presentation abstracts and the poster PDF files.

Oral presentations

Cultivating New Opportunities for Turfgrass Science Education in Minnesota

Presenting Author - Michael Barnes; co-authors Ileana Campagna, Becky Haddad and Eric Watkins

Is this plant pretty or pretty invasive?

By Ryan Schwab

Seeding is a team effort

By Kim Tiber

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 1/23/23

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. An article features the UMN Turfgrass Science team in the latest edition of the MGCSA's Hole Notes publication.

See the December 2022 Edition of Hole Notes on page 52 for "Determining Irrigation Thresholds Using Plant Available Water" by Ryan Schwab, Josh Friell, Eric Watkins and Gabe Olson-Jensen.

Long-Term Ecological Research: Bee Lawns in the Twin Cities

By Ryan Schwab and Jillian Turbeville

Evaluating fine fescues for golf greens in cold climates

By Gary Deters and Eric Watkins

This article was originally published on the Low Input Turf Using Fine Fescues blog.

Raspberry Pi projects to facilitate research

By Joan M. Barreto Ortiz

Mow the no-mow?

By Ryan Schwab

“No-mow” is a loose term we often use to describe a low input, grassy area that grows out higher than a typical turfgrass stand. The grass may flop over onto itself, go to seed, or create a clumpy pasture-like appearance (Figure 1). In Minnesota, fine fescues (Festuca spp.) are typically used in no-mow residential lawns or golf course roughs. Despite the term “no-mow” these may be mowed infrequently to create the desired aesthetic.

Golf ball visibility in no mow fine fescue roughs

By Ryan Schwab

The establishment of no mow areas on golf courses is gaining popularity. In Minnesota, fine fescues are typically the species chosen due to their low-input characteristics. Fine fescues grow slowly, and they generally have low nutrient and water requirements, all of which saves golf course resources. They also may provide the desirable aesthetics of a waving pasture with gold-frosted seed heads, which is quite the contrast from the well-manicured playing surfaces of fairways and greens (Figure 1).