University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 4/25/24

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. See the April 2024 Edition of the Center for Transportation Studies' Catalyst publication for Researchers recommend updates to MnDOT’s turfgrass seed list, approval process featuring Eric Watkins and his comments about a project conducted by UMN Turfgrass Science team! 

When seed is short, the solution is tall (fescue)

By Eric Watkins

New research publication from our team - 10/26/21

Learn more about our research! A research article from our group has been published in the August 2021 issue of HortTechnology. Read about the results of examining the drought performance of locally available retail lawn seed products.

Bee Lawn Seed

Wondering where to purchase bee lawn seed mix? Below we have compiled local and online vendors of bee lawn seed, as well as companies that install bee lawns. Be sure to contact a company beforehand to check if they have the seed in stock.

This list is presented for practical purposes, and in no way implies endorsement of these companies by the University of Minnesota. If you are a seed vendor and would like your company included in this list, please email Kristine Moncada ([email protected]). 

A basic image analysis to measure seed size

By Joan Barreto Ortiz

Drought tolerance of consumer-available seed mixtures

By Florence Sessoms

The presence of lawns in urban environments is sometimes viewed negatively: too many chemical inputs that result in environmental pollution. I also have observed a popular misconception about irrigation on home lawns: irrigation is compared to the Danaides’ barrel (Figure 1), a bottomless pit where water is forever added and lost.  However, lawns can provide tremendous ecosystems services such as decreased soil erosion, absorption of dust and particle pollution, reduced heat island effect, and increased mental and physical human health.

Purchasing turfgrass seed

High quality grass seed can be difficult to source.  For this reason, we have compiled a list (below) of vendors that distribute turfgrass seed in Minnesota.  We have created an infographic that describes the characteristics of turf species used in Minnesota.  Please be sure to keep in mind the basic principles in purchasing turfgrass seed before deciding on a mixture for your situation.  These principles are explained by Dr.

Finding the right grass seed

By Dr. Eric Watkins, Professor, Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics