Shane Evans

National award for water conservation collaboration

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.

Wed, 10/13/2021 - 14:35


Raspberry Pi projects to facilitate research

By Joan M. Barreto Ortiz

Thu, 10/07/2021 - 13:49


Shane Evans featured in Metropolitan Council video

Shane Evans, Lawn Water Conservation Educator, was recently featured in Turfgrass Suggestions for the Twin Cities, a video by the The Metropolitan Council. Watch to learn how to enjoy greener grass with less water!

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 12:45


What type of questions did people have at the 2021 Minnesota State Fair?

By Shane Evans

With the cancellation of the State Fair in 2020, the UMN turfgrass research group was primed to interact with, and answer, the many questions State Fair patrons would have. As in years past, the outreach-education booth (Figure 1) was housed within the Agriculture/Horticulture Building in the CFANS wing.  

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 12:16


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 9/10/21

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Maggie Reiter and Shane Evans were featured in an article on MPR News and Maggie Reiter and Eric Watkins have been on WCCO's Smart Gardens!

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 13:49


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 7/21/21

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!

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 15:59


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).

Tue, 07/20/2021 - 21:58


Allow some browning in lawns to conserve water

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.

Fri, 06/18/2021 - 13:00


UMN Turfgrass Team at Badger Park grand opening in Shorewood!

Person in front of display speaking to others in a park

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 6-8pm, the city of Shorewood will have

Mon, 06/14/2021 - 17:34


Drought in the land of 10,000 lakes

By Shane Evans

Some people may think the title of this blogpost is an oxymoron. I am here to tell you in 2021 that is not the case. I have previously talked about water in the land of 10,000 lakes, but my focus was on where our water comes from and how it is used in the home. In this edition, I hope to address the fallacy of drought not being possible in the land of 10,000 lakes.

Wed, 06/09/2021 - 11:34