Tall Fescue

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


Spring Lawn Care

This webinar video was created in partnership with the Metropolitan Council and addresses several topics on how to care for your lawn in spring.

Springtime Lawn Care: Waking Up Your Lawn


Watering Wisdom Webinar series

The goal of this webinar series, created in partnership with the Metropolitan Council, is to help homeowners have healthier lawns and more efficient irrigation systems.

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 09:59

Turfgrass aesthetics

By Ben Blackburn

There are many different factors that can influence the aesthetic value of a lawn.  Color, texture, and shape have an impact on how people see and interact with a given turf space.  There has been a lot of research done on the relationship between the aesthetic value of a space and how humans perceive and react to the space.  Findings show that certain aesthetics can evoke many different emotions in people, as well as increased energy and mental health.  These results are particularly interesting because the subjects often were affected subliminally and were not always aware that it was happening.  

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 21:26

Turfgrass species characteristics for roadsides

By Dominic Christensen

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:27

Making roadsides greener by selecting salt tolerant turfgrasses

By Michael Laskowski

Have you ever wondered where all the salt goes after the snow and ice melts from the roadsides and sidewalks? It turns out, most of the salt runs into the storm drain, but some salt will end up along the roadsides and boulevards in green areas.

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 15:22

Can we use tall fescue for lawns in Minnesota?

By Eric Watkins

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 14:30

Seeding your lawn this fall? Here are some considerations (Part 2 of 2)

By Sam Bauer

Previously I wrote about the different renovation options for fall seeding of lawns and about the various attributes of cool-season lawn grasses.  This week I wanted to discuss the mixtures and blends of grass seed that are on the consumer marketplace.  If you’ve ever walked into your local big box store or garden center looking for grass seed, the different products available can be fairly intimidating.  To be honest, I often have a difficult time finding the right mixture, because it only takes one bad ingredient to produce a poor quality lawn.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at several categories of grass seed mixtures that are available to you.

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 11:30