Calling all designers!! Want to make your mark on The Lawn Institute? We’re looking for a new logo and would love your help! The Lawn Institute’s Board of Directors recently approved a new website which is currently under construction, and we would like a new logo to go with it. We have consumer research to guide us in the direction of the logo, but are opening up the design for proposals and are providing a $500 stipend to the designer of the winning proposal. If you or anyone on your team is interested in submitting a design for consideration, please contact Dr. Casey Reynolds at creynolds@TurfgrassSod.org or at (847) 737-1846. Submissions are due December 1st, 2020.
The Lawn Institute invites researchers to submit proposals for funding as part of the 2020 TLI Call for Proposals which is now open. Applications are due December 4th, 2020. Please reach out to Dr. Casey Reynolds at creynolds@TurfgrassSod.org or 847-737-1846 with questions.
TLI Research Objectives
The Lawn Institute (TLI) is a charitable foundation that was created in 1955 to assist in and encourage the improvement of lawns and sports turf through research and education. The TLI website www.TheLawnInstitute.org provides homeowners, lawn care professionals, policy-makers, and others with research-based information on the care and importance of natural grass as an essential component of urban and suburban landscapes. Applications for research funds can be requested on any topic, but the TLI Research Committee will place priority on proposals in the following research areas:
- Cultural Impacts of Natural Grass – Research that includes, but is not limited to societal health and well-being, fitness, athletic field safety, socio-economics, consumer attitudes, etc.
- Environmental Awareness of Natural Grass – Research that includes but is not limited to, carbon sequestration, heat abatement, pollution entrapment, soil remediation, run-off reduction, etc.
- Natural Grass Input Reductions – Research that includes, but is not limited to drought tolerance, reduced water use, nutrient requirements, traffic tolerance, integrated pest management, etc.
- Extending Harvested Shelf-Life of Natural Grass
- Reducing Production Costs of Natural Grass
- Natural Grass Research Communication & Education – Information that can be used to develop content on The Lawn Institute website for educating policy makers, homeowners, and the general public on turfgrass science, management, impacts, etc. This can include literature reviews on environmental impacts, turfgrass benefits, regionally specific turfgrass selection and management, weed/insect/disease control, and more.
The Lawn Institute Research Committee met in Tucson, AZ during the TPI 2018 International Conference & Field Day to review, discuss, and vote on research proposals submitted by university researchers from throughout the world. The committee received 19 research proposals this year focused on items including turfgrass insects, diseases, genetics and plant breeding, turfgrass water use, turfgrass cooling effects, biostimulants, plant growth regulators, and sod harvestability.
The committee decided to fund five university research projects that have the potential to impact turfgrass producers and the industry throughout the world. They include:
- Dr. Matt Elmore, Rutgers University ($2,500)
- Turfgrass Pest Control Recommendations Guide, Weed Control
- Dr. Lee Miller, University of Missouri ($2,500)
- Turfgrass Pest Control Recommendations Guide, Disease Control
- Dr. Jay McCurdy, Mississippi State University ($10,000)
- Harvest Aids for Improved Turfgrass Shelf Life
- Dr. Marco Schiavon, University of California-Riverside ($20,000)
- Mapping and Monitoring Turfgrass Cooling Effects
- Dr. Ben Wherley, Texas A&M University ($30,000)
- Environmental Impacts and Runoff Dynamics Associated with Turfgrass Removal in Urban Landscapes
Many attendees flocked to the TLI reception on Wednesday night to enjoy some after-dinner Valentine desserts with friends and family while raising money for TLI’s research, scholarship, education, and PR initiatives. A variety of items were auctioned off to benefit TLI including an Osceola turkey hunt in Florida, a Texas hog hunt, a Brouwer Turf Roller, a gourmet Dinner for 8, a NASCAR driving package, a homemade quilt, a TPI 2019 conference registration and lodging package, and more!
The evening ended with the auctioning of a Trebro Autostack II harvester, courtesy of Trebro Turf Equipment which went to Anthony and Sonia Heilig of A&S Heilig t/a Go Turf in Beerburrum Queensland Australia!