Turfgrasses are planted on some 50 million acres in the United States. While turf is often viewed as a monoculture of grasses, there are many flowering plants that are often found in turfgrass systems that can add beauty, interest, and biodiversity to the turf and can serve as a food source for pollinators. In this 60-minute webinar, Michael D. Richardson, Ph.D. will share results from the University of Arkansas’ research group. They have been investigating early-spring bulbs and summer-blooming perennials as a means of enhancing turfgrass sites that do not require pure stands of turfgrass. Performance, persistence, and pollinator preference of various flowering plants will be discussed.
About the Instructor
Mike Richardson, Ph.D., is professor of horticulture at the University of Arkansas. He earned a bachelor's degree from Louisiana Tech University, a master's degree at Louisiana State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia. Richardson’s research focuses on cultural practices that impact cool- and warm-season turfgrass production in the transition zone and he has been actively involved with research to screen and develop new turfgrass for a wide range of turfgrass environments. Richardson has taught both seminars and webinars for GCSAA.
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