Michael Barnes

We asked real people about fake grass

By Michael Barnes

Mon, 03/14/2022 - 13:17

New research publication from our team - 1/5/22

Learn more about our research! A new article from our group has been published in the Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism. This research found that park users have a preference for natural turfgrass lawns and are more hesitant to use artificial turfgrass lawns, which has implications for decision-makers choosing between these two options. 

Barnes, M.R. and E. Watkins. 2022. Differences in likelihood of use between artificial and natural turfgrass lawns. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Vol 37, March 2022, 100480. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jort.2021.100480

Wed, 01/05/2022 - 09:02

New research publication from our team - 1/3/22

Learn more about our research! A new research article from our group has been published in Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management. This study used a survey to investigate what residents in the Twin Cities think of different lawn watering restriction scenarios. The results can help guide the development of strategies for conserving water used for home lawn irrigation.
Barnes, M.R., C. Yue, and E. Watkins. 2021. Homeowner perceptions of watering restriction scenarios in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area.

Mon, 01/03/2022 - 09:56

Join the Turfgrass Science Team at Northern Green 2022

Members of our team will be giving talks at Northern Green, a trade show and conference dedicated to green industry professionals.  Register now for this worthwhile event!

Northern Green
January 11-13, 2022
Minneapolis Convention Center

This year’s presentations from our team include:


University of Minnesota Turfgrass Research Update

Eric Watkins
Wednesday, January 12, 7:30 AM - 8:20 AM

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 09:23

Putting the horse before the cart: The adoption of artificial turfgrass in cities

By Michael Barnes

Globally many cities have implemented ‘re-greening’ programs to meet sustainability goals and deliver enhancements to the quality of life for their residents. However, turfgrass has most often been thought of as a problematic part of urban landscapes, being not ‘green’ enough to be part of re-greening programs that have largely focused exclusively on trees. To date, such approaches have mostly ignored advancements in turf management as well as low-input varieties of turfgrasses for both warm and cool climates. 

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 11:19

Introducing Michael Barnes, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Psychology

By Michael Barnes

Man in red jacket with lake in background

Hello, everyone, I’m Michael Barnes, a Postdoctoral Researcher who started on July 1st. I’ll be working on a number of research projects during my appointment.

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:15

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media - 4/13/2020

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have several articles to share.

Yinjie Qiu authored Molecular Breeding In Turfgrass in the March 2020 edition of Hole Notes, the official publication of the MGCSA.

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 12:29