Turfgrass School Brings Green Secret to Santee | wltx.com

Santee, SC (WLTX)-  Clemson University's Turfgrass School attracted more than 30 people to Lonestar Barbeque and Mercantile for a lesson on growing green grass in South Caroilna.

"It's actually challenging in this state to grow grasses," said Dara Park, an Assistant Professor at Clemson University. "Insects, weeds, diseases.  These are the things that they're battling everyday."

The 2011 Turf School is a one-day course focusing on the various technical challenges of maintaining high quality turfgrass.  Pesticide Recertification was also offered as part of the training session.

It was a full house with professionals from a variety of backgrounds ranging from sport field managers to Parks and Recreation and some who wanted to make their lawn a little greener.

Amanda McNulty is a Clemson Extension County Agent in Sumter.  She said this type of education will help her, help others in the community.

"Turfgrass questions are the ones we get most of the time that are the hardest to answer," said McNulty, Keep America Beautiful
Co-host of SCETV, "Making It Grow".

"They're trying to help us learn all the little tricks so we'll do it just the right way," she said.

And McNulty wasn't the only one who planned to use this knowledge on the job.

"Everybody is looking for presentation now," said Damon Johnson, an employee at Santee Cooper and Lake Marion Golf Courses. "As long as you have good presentation, you have a good business."

Clemson University's Turfgrass School is offered three times a year.  The program's mission is dedicated to research and education that promotes environmentally friendly turfgrass management.

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