Our Horticulture Program conducts applied research designed to help homeowners, institutions, and commercial managers have more success with their turfgrass and lawns. Our projects focus primarily on easy to implement, low-cost methods that are in harmony with the principles of integrated pest management (IPM). Partners in our projects include Cornell’s IPM Program, Faculty in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell, and the NYS Turfgrass Association.
Below is a list of past and current projects:
- High School Sports Fields: The Last Frontier of Turfgrass Management (a survey of turfgrass practices at Capital District high schools conducted in 2000).
- Acetic Acid As An Herbicide (a research/demonstration project looking at alternatives for weed management)
- Scouting For White Grubs In Golf Course Turfgrass (a demonstration of scouting on local golf courses)
- Effect Of Microbial Products On The Diseases Of Turfgrass (demonstration/research looking into new products for managing turfgrass fungal pathogens)
- Healthy Lawns, Healthy Water (a series of programs for the public which examined the ways lawns impact the environment, with funding from the Northeast IPM Program, held in the spring of 2008)
- Overseeding To Improve Sports Turf and Home Lawns And Reduce The Need For Chemical Herbicides (this is our current area of research)