smart controllers

Help with lawn water conservation

By Gary Deters

Come see us at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair!

The Turfgrass Science team will be at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair starting this Thursday, August 26 through Labor Day, September 6.

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).

Video: Learning to Control Your Irrigation Controller

This video is a recording of a webinar we conducted on July 28, 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.

Next week - Part 2 of our Watering Wisdom webinar series!

Smart irrigation controllers as part of a field research experiment

Please join the Metropolitan Council and the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Scie

Turfgrass irrigation research at the UMN Landscape Arboretum

By Shane Evans

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is home to several model landscapes, gardens and research projects.  With funding from the Metropolitan Council and the Minnesota Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, Turfgrass Science team members, led by Dr. Dan Sandor, now at Virginia Tech University, installed an experiment to determine the effectiveness of various smart irrigation controllers and technologies in 2019. The purpose of this article is to give a brief introduction of the project and what we hope to learn from it.

Webinar series - Growing a Healthy Lawn with Less Water

home lawn with catch cans set up to do an irrigation audit

Have you ever wondered if it's possible to grow a healthy lawn with less water?  A free, fiv

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.

Smart Irrigation Month

By Dan Sandor