Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Jon Trappe was interviewed in the article "Talking lawn care with U of M" on May 17, 2023 as part the “Talking...with U of M,” series. He discusses No Mow May, lawn fertilizers, irrigation and more!
By Jillian Turbeville
Registration is open for our UMN Turfgrass Grounds and Parks Field Day!
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.
For the past several years, we have partnered with the Metropolitan Council on the Twin Cities Lawn Irrigation Efficiency Study. Recently, the Metropolitan Council earned a national award for water conservation collaborations from the U.S.
Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Eric Watkins was featured in a Kare 11 news segment, Maggie Reiter was interviewed in the Star Tribune, and Shane Evans was featured in a Fox 9 news segment!
July = Smart irrigation month, but how can these “smart” irrigation technologies help us in a drought?
By Shane Evans
For those of you who don't know, the Irrigation Association has deemed July as Smart Irrigation Month. According to their website, “Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative celebrated throughout July to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services in landscape, turf and agricultural irrigation” (Irrigation Association, 2020).
In Yard and Garden News, Maggie Reiter, Extension turfgrass educator, Shane Evans, lawn water conservation educator, and Florence Breuillin-Sessoms, turfgrass scientist, have written a very timely article. If you are wondering about your brown lawn, make sure to read Allow some browning in lawns to conserve water for tips on handling this hot and dry weather.