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Clemson U's Annual Turfgrass Field Day
Coming in September

Clemson University will hold its annual turfgrass field day September 12, 2004. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at the university's Madren Center Pavilion with research and demonstration tours.

Attendees will have the option of playing in the Charles Willimon Sr. Memorial Turfgrass Research and Education Fundraising Golf Tournament, or visiting the university's sports field facilities.

The latest research and turfgrass information will be shared by researchers and educators. This is an excellent opportunity to also speak with the state's leading turfgrass specialists.

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Florida Citrus Holdings Acquires Turfgrass America

419 Tifway variety sod, shown here, is grown on a fiber mat known as Stabilized Turf and harvested into large rolls for faster installation with fewer seams. These rolls, harvested from a Florida farm, were installed last fall at Raymond James Stadium – home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Super Bowl XXXVII Champions.

NAPLES, Fla.– Florida Citrus Holdings, LLC has acquired a controlling interest in Turfgrass America, the largest sod production company in the United States. The company's primary lines of business include sod production for the landscape market, retail sod sales, and sports turf production and installation. Turfgrass America has operations in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Arizona
and California.

Turfgrass America's retail business includes sales of sod through Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal Mart, and independent lawn/garden stores throughout the U.S. The company also sells and installs turf at football stadiums, golf courses and other sports venues around the country. Past projects include Reliant Stadium in Houston, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, and the Miami Beach Golf Club.

"We are looking forward to the resources and expertise that Florida Citrus Holdings brings to Turfgrass America," said Arthur Milberger, a founder of Turfgrass America.

Approval of Turf Brings Lawsuit

Santa Cruz, Calif.– The Mission Hill Neighbors and Parents Association has filed a lawsuit against Mission Hill Middle School over a project that would replace a grass field with artificial turf.

The neighbors warrant that more research be done before the more than $800,000 project goes into motion. They claim artificial turf could reduce aquifer recharge, create tainted storm-water runoff and "off-gas" chemicals into the air.

Representing the neighbors is attorney Bill Parkin, who states there has been no analysis of the environmental impact of replacing the natural grass with an artificial surface. Parkin wants the school to look at it more closely to see if it is the right thing to do.

Concerns over grading and other work have also been an issue. The neighbors believe the work will cause harm to barn owls, bats and small reptiles living on or near the field.

Proponents of the school claim that having the turf will reduce injuries, pesticide and fertilizer use and save on water and maintenance costs, but admit the turf carries a strong rubber odor and usually runs 15 degrees warmer then the ambient air.

Although 200 signatures have been gathered in opposition, the Santa Cruz City Schools Board approved the project, and construction will begin this summer.

Don't Miss the 2004 School of Professional Grounds Management

This year's PGMS School faculty includes groundskeeper George Toma, who was honored by the NFL Hall of Fame in 2001. Photo courtesy sports spublishing llc

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has announced the faculty and curriculum for its 2004 School. This year's faculty is an impressive one, featuring renowned green industry experts such as George Toma, Dr. Michael Dirr and Dave Mellor. Toma is the world’s foremost expert on groundskeeping for athletic fields. With six decades of experience, he’s worked on every one of the Super Bowl fields. Dr. Dirr is recognized as "the authority" on American trees and shrubs, has published over 300 scientific and popular publications and has authored or coauthored seven books. His Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses, is the most widely adopted green industry teaching and reference text in the country and has sold over 300,000 copies.

Dave Mellor, as the director of grounds at Boston's famed Fenway Park, was one of the first groundskeepers to carve elaborate patterns into the stadium grass while working for the Milwaukee Brewers. He authored the book, Picture Perfect...Mowing Techniques for Lawns, Landscapes, and Sports, and has been featured in several articles pertaining to turf and lawn patterns Men’s Health, Smithsonian and House & Garden magazines.

Considered the premiere educational event for grounds management professionals, this year's School features over a dozen courses, a separate irrigation track, pre-conference field trip, "business over breakfast" programs and other social and educational opportunities. Participants will receive a certificate of completion.

In addition to this dynamic curriculum, tuition for the PGMS School of Professional Grounds Management includes free admission to the 15th Annual Green Industry Expo (GIE) with more than 360 indoor exhibits, a product field day, over 110 hands-on demonstrations and networking with over 5,500 industry professionals.

A full schedule of events and hotel registration materials are available online at, or fax the PGMS (410-752-8295) to request a brochure.

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