October 10th & 11th  |  9:00 AM — 3:00 PM  |  Long Beach Convention Center

Thursday, October 11th: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

How Much Water Does Your Turf Need?
by Marco Schiavon, Ph.D.
CEUs applied for: APLD, IA, NALP, PGMS, QWEL

Irrigation requirements for turfgrass are most of the time miscalculated. Incorrect irrigation practices lead to overabundant water applied to turf, setting ground for turf removal campaigns in the desert Southwest. As water resources inevitably decline due to population growth and resultant irrigation requirements, water use must necessarily be reduced, especially during drought. The primary objective of the seminar is to help quantify the amount of water required to keep turfgrass green and functional in California. The seminar will review the benefits of having natural turf vs. artificial or no turf, and will include the last results from studies that calculated irrigation requirements on different turf species and cultivars conducted at the University of California, Riverside. Secondarily the study will focus on strategies to reduce potable water consumption to irrigate turf areas, and to identify the right species to be grown in Southern California. For instance, warm-season turf species are known to be more water use efficient and drought tolerant than cool-season turfgrasses; nevertheless, tall fescue remains the predominant species used in California lawns.

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Marco Schiavon, Ph.D.
Instructor & Researcher
University of California Riverside

Marco Schiavon, Ph.D., is an Assistant Researcher in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. His primary research interests include potable water conservation for irrigating turfgrass areas, salinity management, physiology of turfgrass in response to drought stress. He received a B.S. in Agronomical Sciences in 2005 and a M.S in Agronomy in 2008 both from University of Padua, Italy, and a Ph.D. in Agronomy in 2013 from New Mexico State University. In 2013 he moved to UCR where he worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar until December 2016. He has published 21 refereed journal articles, and obtained a USGA grant for his Ph.D. project.  

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