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Congratulations to Carl Adams of DWQ. He was nominated by peers, and celebrated with peers, as the 2016 Watershed Steward of the Year!

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Tuesday, November 15 • 11:30am - 11:55am
You Can’t Play Soccer in a Perennial Bed!

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You Can’t Play Soccer in a Perennial Bed!
Turfgrasses are unique plants in how they grow, how they are managed, what people expect of them, and especially how they are used in urban landscapes. Most people are not aware of their role, but turf is very important to the sustainability and quality of life in urban areas throughout the world. While often misunderstood, people come in contact with turfgrasses constantly, providing recreation and cultural benefits including improved physical and mental health. As living plant systems, turfgrasses are highly adaptable, do not require the inputs many people believe (especially water), and protect and build soils. Their role in urban areas in many ways is increasing in importance with heavier use and higher demands. In this presentation, we will discuss the unique roles that turfgrasses play in urban landscapes, that literally no other type of plant can deliver. We will also discuss the diversity of grasses that could be used, several misconceptions about their management, and summarize attributes that make them an important component of sustainable water-conserving landscapes.

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Paul Johnson

Professor and Department Head, Utah State University
Paul Johnson been studying turfgrasses his entire career, starting as an assistant golf course superintendent, and then in research at the University of Minnesota where he earned his PhD, at the University of Nebraska, and for the last 18 yrs. at Utah State University. His research and teaching with these little plants has been focused on understanding their biology and ecology. That knowledge has been applied to plant breeding efforts in... Read More →

Tuesday November 15, 2016 11:30am - 11:55am
3_Utah Cultural Celebration Center: ROOM 104/105 1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City UT 84119

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