Fine fescue

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 9/15/2020

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

A video recording, Lawn Care Best Management Practices featuring Shane Evans, from our Watering Wisdom webinar series has been posted.  If you are interested in growing a healthy lawn with less water, please consider watching the other webinar recordings in our series!

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:26


Video: Turfgrass Species for Low-Input Minnesota Lawns

This video is a recording of a webinar we conducted on August 18, 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.

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 15:45


Cultivar Evaluation Results Overview

2019 Data

All links below are .pdf files

Creeping bentgrass

Kentucky bluegrass

Fri, 08/21/2020 - 10:32


Webinar on app to improve turfgrass purchasing decisions

As one of the most widely known turfgrass research programs in the world, the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) has generated a large volume of turfgrass evaluation data over the last several decades, including data on fine fescues. The Turfgrass Science team is working with researchers from the Computer Science Department and U-Spatial to display this information in a better way to help consumers choose which fine fescue cultivars to plant in their yards.

Fri, 07/24/2020 - 11:00


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 7/15/2020

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have two webinar videos and an article to share.

A video recording, Outdoor Water Use in the Twin Cities: Am I Using Too Much? featuring Shane Evans, from our Watering Wisdom webinar series has been posted.  If you are interested in growing a healthy lawn with less water, please consider joining the other webinars in our series still to come!

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:34


Introducing Michael Barnes, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Psychology

By Michael Barnes

Man in red jacket with lake in background

Hello, everyone, I’m Michael Barnes, a Postdoctoral Researcher who started on July 1st. I’ll be working on a number of research projects during my appointment.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:15


Videos

Watering Wisdom Webinar series

The goal of this webinar series is to help homeowners have healthier lawns and more efficient irrigation systems.

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 09:59


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 6/11/2020

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

Eric Watkins authored Forget not the turfgrass seed producer in the May 2020 issue (page 41) of Golf Course Managment magazine.  

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:41


Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi: AMF and their interactions with turfgrass species

By Florence Sessoms

In the first part of this series, I described what arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are and how they can benefit plants. In this post, I will discuss how AMF might benefit turfgrasses. Cool-season and warm-season grasses are both able to be infected with mycorrhizal fungi. A quick literature review showed that several benefits of AMF were observed with turfgrasses such as improved biomass, nutrient content, decrease in weed incidence and disease severity (Table 1). 

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 09:26


Fine fescue forensics

By Eric Watkins and Yinjie Qiu

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

Fine fescue research has progressed rapidly in recent years, spurred by greater interest in low-input turf and the availability of funding for improving these grasses. While giving talks to various groups about lawn grasses for Minnesota, we often follow the introduction of fine fescues with a refrain similar to “they all look very similar”: translation “don’t ask me how to tell the fine fescues apart!”.

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 10:25