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I am excited to hear the show tomorrow. While I am not a conistent listener of OPB or NPR I have listened enough over the years to know that most of the people who are going to listen to this show are relatively intelligent and/or educated. Therefore it will be interesting to hear how much of the unsubstaniated slander and anectdotal badmouthing of turfgrass occurs.
I am indeed passionate about turfgrass and have succesfully managed profesional stands from New York, to Wisconsin, to Colorado, and most recently here in the great State of Oregon. I encourage everyone to take the time to understand the vast, scientifically proven, social and environmental benefits of properly maintained turfgrass.
Yet I am not naive, I know most people do not understand the physiology of the turfgrass plant, however if all of the "anti-grassers" out there would take the time to educate themselves their opinions may be swayed. It is human nature to be intimidated or even "anti" anything we don't fully understand. By no means do I think we all should have turfed landscapes wall to wall, there is nothing wrong with having a mixed landscape with turf and trees and gardens. In fact, I absolutley encourage diversity in the landscape. But I also encourage those of you who despise your grass to take the time to understand the growth habits and requirements of the turfgrass plant and who knows you may just end up actually enjoying your grass.
Keep in mind there a number of benefits to the grass, when maintained how the grass wants to be maintained and it's not the grasses fault it is often mismanaged and therefore underperforms. Ask yourself what you want out of your grass and what your expectations are, it may be easier to go green than you think.
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