University of Minnesota Roadside Turf Research and Education

The average driver on a Minnesota highway may occasionally notice when roadside turfgrass is (or is not) well-managed and attractive-looking, but they may not realize how much effort goes into establishing and maintaining that vegetation. There are many critical functions of roadside vegetation. 

Why is healthy and living roadside turfgrass important?

  • Increases visibility and safety when mowed
  • Preserves water quality by absorbing runoff
  • Protects from erosion
  • Produces cooling effects
  • Reduces dust

This site showcases some of the roadside research conducted by the University of Minnesota's Turfgrass Science Research team.  We also provide learning materials for contractors who install roadside vegetation and for homeowners who want to learn more about caring for roadside turf.