Sports Turf Management
Turfgrass Science and Management combines science, art and creativity to develop and maintain a natural surface that is aesthetically pleasing and sturdy enough to play on. Turf is used for many sports, played for fun or health, or played professionally: football, baseball, soccer, golf, and other sports. Most turf is used in home lawn situations for looks and recreation. The professional turfgrass manager wears many hats. He or she manages the watering, mowing and nutrition for growing grass, and supervises crews to perform these tasks. Challenges involve providing a beautiful surface for sports fans while maintaining a safe and consistent playing surface for athletes. Turfgrasses are also important plants for environmental remediation and health; they prevent erosion, inhibit runoff, remove pollutants and filter groundwater. Turf can also improve property values substantially.