Fine fescue

New research publications from our team - 10/21/21

Learn more about our research! Two research articles from our group have been published in the July/August 2021 issue of Crop Science.

Thu, 10/21/2021 - 12:55


Shane Evans featured in Metropolitan Council video

Shane Evans, Lawn Water Conservation Educator, was recently featured in Turfgrass Suggestions for the Twin Cities, a video by the The Metropolitan Council. Watch to learn how to enjoy greener grass with less water!

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 12:45


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 9/10/21

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Maggie Reiter and Shane Evans were featured in an article on MPR News and Maggie Reiter and Eric Watkins have been on WCCO's Smart Gardens!

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 13:49


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 8/12/21

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Dominic Petrella and Eric Watkins wrote an article for Golf Course Management magazine and Maggie Reiter wrote an article for Hole Notes magazine!

Thu, 08/12/2021 - 16:06


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 6/27/21

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Dominic Petrella, Sam Bauer, Brian Horgan, and Eric Watkins wrote Fine fescues for golf course putting greens for Golf Course Management magazine (GCM). Learn more about fine fescues' performance as putting greens under minimal management.

Sun, 06/27/2021 - 17:33


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.

Tue, 05/25/2021 - 12:17


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 3/28/21

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Extension Educator Maggie Reiter wrote an article in Yard and Garden News and Kristine Moncada wrote an article for the Low Input Turf blog!

Sun, 03/28/2021 - 20:52


How should we consider plant diversity when designing roadside mixtures?

By Dominic Christensen

What is planted along roadside boulevards and how they are maintained is often a heavily debated subject. There are those who are more concerned about accomplishing the perceived primary goal to seed simpler nonnative mixtures to prevent erosion, and some who think the goals and functions of these boulevards should behave similar to a short-statured prairie, and others who are not so opinionated.

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 08:52


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