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turfgrass center

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The Tarleton Turfgrass Field Laboratory and Greenhouse has 4 putting greens and 12 species of turfgrass managed at various mowing heights and levels of input.  During laboratories, students take care of business at the turf plots to gain practical hands on experience.  Turfgrass math problem solving skills and calibration of spreaders and sprayers techniques are emphasized.  In addition to providing practical experience for students, the turf plots and 1800 square foot greenhouse also provide a medium to conduct turfgrass research like product testing.  Organic fertilizers, salt leaching compounds, soil wetting agents and trays & pavers designed to prevent injury from traffic are examples of the products tested.  Many students will become golf course or athletic field superintendents or operate their own home lawn care service.  Students perform all of the product applications and maintenance.  Students are encouraged to obtain their Texas Pesticide Applicator's License and Texas Irrigator's License before graduating.