Ryan Schwab

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).

Mon, 01/25/2021 - 13:20


Turfgrass Science Team at the 2020 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Virtual Annual Meeting

The Turfgrass Science team from the University of Minnesota gave two presentations and presented two posters at this year’s ASA-CSSA-SSSA Virtual Annual Meeting. Below is a listing of the abstracts, along with links to the poster PDF files.

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 11:42


Video: Winterizing Your Lawn

This video is a recording of a webinar we conducted on September 29, 2020 as part of the Twin Cities Lawn Irrigation Efficiency Study funded by the Metropolitan Council and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. We also have a PDF of PowerPoint slides from the presentation.

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 14:07


Next week - final webinar in our Watering Wisdom series!

lawn with frost

Please join the Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science group for Part 5 of our webinar series on Watering Wisdom: Growing a Healthy Lawn with Less Water. The topic of this installment is "Winterizing Your Lawn" by Ryan Schwab.

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 08:51


All flesh is as grass: Field Day is canceled

By Eric Watkins
person on golf greens presenting research results to field day audience of 40 people
 

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 13:29


Watering Wisdom Webinar Series

Growing a Healthy Lawn with Less Water

Welcome to our Watering Wisdom: Growing a Healthy Lawn with Less Water webinar series event page. We hosted a free, five-part summer webinar series in the summer of 2020 that focused on turfgrass and irrigation topics to help homeowners have healthier lawns and more efficient irrigation systems. If you are interested in learning more about our work, please watch the recordings below or visit our Irrigation Resources page.

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 13:22


Where did it go? The mystery of Duplex

By Ryan Schwab

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 12:48


Turfgrass Science Team at the 2019 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting

The Turfgrass Science team from the University of Minnesota was well-represented at this year’s ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting held on November 10-13, 2019 in San Antonio, TX.  Seven people gave oral presentations and five people presented posters. Additionally, congratulations go to two members of our group who placed in the graduate student oral presentation contests:

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:11


Soil surfactants and critical soil moisture content

By Ryan Schwab

Water-repellent soils are one of the challenges faced by golf course superintendents. This phenomenon can cause localized dry spots (Figure 1), which are areas of wilted turfgrass struggling from a rootzone with poor water infiltration, poor water retention, and non-uniform flow of water among other important soil characteristics. The potential or severity of soil water repellency may increase once the soil dries down to a specific level.

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 13:34