WATgreen study on alternative turf grass maintenance strategies

TitleWATgreen study on alternative turf grass maintenance strategies
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsDeane, L.

The original design of the University of Waterloo grounds was meant to give the campus a highly manicured look, which was then considered the standard for institutional grounds. In keeping with this broad objective, turf grass was chosen as the dominant groundcover for the open spaces on campus. This is a high maintenance landscaping strategy however, and each year many thousands of dollars are spent on mowing, fertilization, and other procedure designed to keep the grass maintained to a high aesthetic standard. As part of the turn maintenance regime, past and present, regular applications of pesticides have been used to kill undesirable plant species which out-compete the turf grass, and disturb the carpet-like landscape. But while the costs of applying these pesticides are relatively low in dollar terms, it is the externalized, or unaccounted for costs, in terms of environmental and human health damage which have been a major cause for concern over the past several decades… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca