Low Input Turf News
By Chengyan Yue, Yufeng Lai and Eric Watkins; University of Minnesota
In the past decades, plant breeders have developed turfgrasses that exhibit low-input characteristics such as drought tolerance and reduced nitrogen requirements. Although previous studies document the relative strengths and comparable advantages of low-input turfgrass species, little is known about consumers’ preferences for turfgrass attributes. Our team has been working to fill this knowledge gap.
By Dominic Petrella, University of Minnesota
Foliage (trees, shrubs, etc.) and structures (buildings, fences, etc.) can shade turfgrasses either by directly being over turf areas, or by casting shadows over the turf – both leading to poor turfgrass performance. As researchers, we try to classify how light changes under these areas to better understand how turfgrasses might respond, and to be able to breed better turfgrasses for shade. We collect data on spectral quality under trees, structures, and their shadows, then we can expose various germplasm to simulated shade to find the best plants.
By Ross Braun and Aaron Patton, Purdue University
The term “Fescue” is one that you may often hear during golf TV broadcasts or in dialogue with a person about planting, maintaining, controlling, etc. some kind of grass. However, just using the term “fescue” really doesn’t tell you much about this grass because there are many different kinds of fescues.
By Kristine Moncada, University of Minnesota
We are happy to announce that from now on, we will be posting twice-monthly articles about our research on fine fescues. The long-term goal of our project is to increase the use of well-adapted fine fescue turfgrass cultivars in sustainable landscapes.