PGMS School of Grounds Management News

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has announced its faculty and curriculum for the 2008 School of Grounds Management, which will take place October 22-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Courses will cover many topics related to the green industry, including sustainable maintenance of shrubs and perennials, using LEED guidelines and the latest information from the Sustainable Sites Initiative. There will also be interactive education opportunities with behind-the-scenes tours of Louisville’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

Register for UMass Green School

Green School, a comprehensive certificate short course for green industry professionals taught by UMass Extension specialists and University of Massachusetts faculty, begins November 6, 2008. The curriculum is based on research and information emphasizing environmental stewardship and integrated pest management. Participants develop an understanding of how proper management practices impact natural resources, such as soil and water.

Green school runs from November 6 to December 18, and is held one to two days a week at the Radisson Hotel in Milford, Mass. For more information, go to or or call UMass Extension at 413-545-0895.

TenCate Stops Using Lead in Artificial Turf

TenCate has completely discontinued the use of lead and other heavy metals in the manufacturing of its artificial turf products. For years, the vast majority of TenCate turf products were heavy metal free, but for a small volume of products, lead chromate was used to make bright-colored products with UV resistance. With its initiative, TenCate warrants that all of its products currently conform to the critical German LAGA norm for heavy metal content and the DIN 18035-7 standard for leaching of heavy metals.

MSU Ranks GameDay Closest to Natural Grass

According to the results of a Michigan State University study, Astroturf’s GameDay Grass 3D most closely replicated natural grass in a comparison of 16 types of synthetic and natural sports turf, based on the torque, force and friction generated by cleated athletic shoes. The study, funded by the NFL Charities Foundation, evaluated the potential impact of football playing surfaces on lower extremity injuries caused by excessive torque, or the rotational friction produced when cleated shoes dig into the field.

John Deere Names Stihl Preferred Supplier

John Deere’s worldwide commercial and consumer equipment division has named STIHL the preferred supplier of gas-powered and corded hand-held power equipment in the United States and Canada. The existing John Deere-branded, hand-held power equipment will be substituted with the STIHL portfolio at qualifying John Deere servicing dealers across North America.

Royal Horticultural Society Honors Beard

The Royal Horticultural Society awarded Dr. James B. Beard the Veitch Memorial Medal during an award dinner in London. Beard has served the international turfgrass/landscape community for the past 50 years through his research concerning sustainable grasses, lectures, writing and international leadership.

Georgia Turf and Tractor Expands

Georgia Turf and Tractor has expanded its equipment offering into northern Alabama and has combined forces with TYCROP Manufacturing to sell and represent its turf product line. Georgia Turf and Tractor is based out of Alpharetta, Ga., under the leadership of owner Dane Hanger.