COLLEGE STATION, Texas – A new turf runoff facility has been built at the Texas A&M Urban Ecology Field Laboratory. A team of Texas A&M AgriLife Research turf specialists is testing and comparing runoff from plots with no fertilizer to those receiving several different nitrogen sources.

The study, sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, is being conducted at the Texas A&M Urban Ecology Field Laboratory here.

The team consists of Dr. Jacqui Aitkenhead-Peterson, assistant professor of urban nutrient and water management; Dr. Ben Wherley, assistant professor of turfgrass science and ecology; Dr. Richard White, professor of turfgrass physiology and management; and Jim Thomas, senior research associate, all with the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University. One of the team’s main goals is to determine the best time to apply fertilizer and what kind is the best for new turf.

Results of the  study will be discussed at the Turf and Landscape Field Day, set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10. For more information on the field day or to register, go to and type in the keyword "turf."

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