Today I was actually talking about a study that we were doing with warm and cool season grasses. It’s divided into different varieties and different types of grasses. We are looking at four different cool season grasses and then we are looking at Bermuda grass, it’s a warms season grass and then we are also further dividing it down to crumb rubber application. Crumb rubber is traditionally used on artificial turf. But it was actually started in live turf. It’s been shown previously to reduce weeds and then help with compaction and a lot of things that we are actually trying to look at when doing pesticide free.
In 2010 Connecticut banned pesticides on any athletic field for pre-K through 8th grade. And what’s happening is the fields aren’t managed with chemicals anymore and so they actually are becoming less and less desirable. You are seeing more crab grass encroachment. You are seeing a lot of grubs. You are seeing a lot of things that normally you would control with chemicals becoming a problem again. And so we are trying to figure out a way to manage fields again with no chemicals or minimal chemicals that are still safe for kids.
The exciting thing would be Bermuda grass, and people are excited about Bermuda grass, because it’s normally a warm season grass and we are trying to pull it farther North. And this is the farthest North that I know of that it’s ever been looked at. We are looking at three different varieties of it and one of them seems pretty promising. It survived the winter and we are actually in the forefront of this, in that we have this ban already in place so we have a need and a necessity to actually start doing research for this ban. So I think we will probably be ahead of some of the other universities in this and that’s what I guess, my study was about.