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TAG: turfgrass

The good, the bad and the ugly … again

March 19, 2011By

By: Ron Hall The Ohio State University turf team has put together a very nice digital publication, “The Benefits of Turf.” This is something you will want to share with the management of the parks and sports facilities where you work. Athletic directors, coaches and other field users would appreciate it, as well. Click on “The Benefits of Turf,” and I think you will agree... read more

The EPA wants to regulate this and that…but does it know what this and that is?

March 11, 2011By

By: Jim Novak, Turfgrass Producers International It seems as if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making rules and regulations on just about everything. Of concern is the perception that some EPA decision-makers and regulators sometimes seem a bit remiss when it comes to doing their homework or consulting with members of the scientific community prior to making far-reaching decisions that... read more

NFL players say grass still best

February 2, 2011By

By: Ron Hall NFL players overwhelmingly prefer to play on natural grass, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) “2010 Playing Surfaces Opinion Survey” for 2010 reaffirms. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Almost since the introduction of artificial turf, including the latest generations of turf, professional football players have preferred playing surfaces of natural grass. The players’ concern is understandable. The NFLPA says the... read more


December 14, 2010By

LebanonTurf has reintroduced its line of Roots iron chelated products as part of a comprehensive approach to improved turf health. Following a routine EPA regulatory review, Fe-8, ironROOTS, Lawnplex, AGRIplex, Total Tree, ironROOTS with mycorrhizae and 1>2>3 Premix Plus are now available. The cost-effective products contain a unique iron chelate formulation that provides efficient nutrient and water absorption, increased stress... read more

Nobody asked me, but . . .

December 10, 2010By

By: Ron Hall Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The incidence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008, similar to the prevalence of obesity in adolescents aged 12 to 19 years. Fully one third of young people (adults too) are now overweight. It’s easy to... read more

Seeking the truest measure of synthetic turf’s benefits versus turfgrass

October 4, 2010By

By: Ron Hall Every week it seems new uses are being found for artificial turf, which now covers horse tracks, dog runs, home lawns (including backyard putting greens), highway medians and is replacing natural grass at airports. I’m sure I’ve missed some applications and am not prescient enough to see what other new uses will be discovered and exploited. This is... read more