UK turfgrass doctoral student Kenneth Cropper and David Williams, UK turfgrass professor, are measuring the carbon emissions and inputs of four different lawn management styles. Two systems are comprised of Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue managed by a professional lawn care company. These sites are irrigated, fertilized and have pesticides applied.
The third trial consists of zoysiagrass, a low-maintenance, warm-season grass that is a common lawn grass farther south but hardy enough for Kentucky. The fourth is a low-maintenance plot with a mixture of grasses and plants commonly found in residential lawns in Kentucky.
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