Turfgrass Science News

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work.  We have a podcast, a Yard and Garden post and a newly-revised Extension article!

Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:15pm

by Yinjie Qiu

Fine fescues are often planted in mixtures, rather than as a single species, because the different species have complementary characteristics that work together to form a good quality turf stand. Yet when fine fescues are planted in mixtures, it is difficult to establish final community composition because the species are so similar morphologically. We are working on a technique to quickly determine fine fescue mixture species composition, which will benefit turfgrass researchers across the country.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 9:30am

By Dan Sandor

It’s now officially fall, and with the changing of the season comes lower temperatures and a good time to begin preparing lawns and lawn equipment for winter. If you’re a homeowner or a business with an automated irrigation system in your landscape, one of the most important things is to properly prepare your irrigation system for winter.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 9:00am

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work.  We have a podcast and two articles!

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 2:15pm

by Chase Straw

Natural turfgrass sports fields vary in properties, such as soil moisture and surface hardness, due to weather conditions, field construction, field management, and foot traffic patterns from field usage.  Because fields are not uniform, natural variation could influence playing surface predictability and require athletes to make abrupt or frequent adjustments that lead to increased injury.  A two-year study was conducted at the University of Georgia to determine the influence of within-field changes on ground-related injury occurrence.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 1:45pm


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