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Environmentally sustainable turfgrass management

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Plan Goals:

Providing turf professionals and homeowners statewide with information regarding sustainable turfgrass maintenance practices with emphasis on turfgrass selection and irrigation water conservation.

Owner
Bernd Leinauer

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Of all 78 participants that have attended 3 or more years in the Master Gardener Program, 59% reported that repeated training in turfgrass maintenance has helped them greatly in their career as a Master Gardener, and 72% reported that repeated training changed and enriched their understanding of turfgrass management differently than one time training would have. 55% admitted that repeated training changed their attitude towards turfgrass.
Additional comments given anonymously by surveyed participants included:
"Dr. L. has changed his presentation from year to year and there is always new information."
"Dr. L. really knows his stuff. Each time I listen to him I learn more."
"Dr. L. is always excellent and informative. I learn new points each time I listen to him."
"I always look forward to this presentation."
"All New Mexicans should have this training. Moreover, all states in the desert SW."
"Very informative, learning more all the time. I wish we had grass in our landscape."


(Progress towards the long-term objectives.)
Permalink - Posted January 15, 2012, 5:15 pm
After participating in a 6-month lecture series through the Master Gardener program, negative attitudes towards turfgrass' consumptive water use dropped from over 90% to less than 60% after participants acquired knowledge about actual turfgrass water use, efficient irrigation, and the role and importance importance of turf areas in urban environments. A total of 33% of all participants in the statewide program requested additional training in the area of turfgrass irrigation. Additional comments given anonymously by surveyed participants included:
"Surprisingly an interesting presentation."
"Excellent training. Very important to everyone who lives in NM. This training provides MG with a more balanced approach to turf use."
"Really really enjoyed presentation. Best turf presentation I have heard."
"Again, awesome presentation"
"Valuable to have this topic included in basic MG training."
"I don't maintain a lawn but I appreciate the info to help me as a MG."
"Thank you so much for sharing your turfgrass enthusiasm with us."
"Very helpful."
"Excellent instructor - great humor."
"Especially good for all the people moving here from wetter areas."
"Informative presentation, good sense of humor."
"This is an excellent class as it gives solid information and refutes the idea that grass is a very high water use crop."
"I really enjoyed the lecture."



(Progress towards the medium-term objectives.)
Permalink - Posted January 15, 2012, 5:08 pm
When surveyed, 81% of the 130 participants of the 2011 Master Gardener program in New Mexico considered training in turfgrass maintenance important.
96% of the participants reported that turfgrass training increased their knowledge of turf maintenance issues to either a great or a fair extent (immediately following a 3 hour training program). Additional comments given anonymously by surveyed participants included:
"Good info for homeowner and hot line."
"This is a topic that requires more time."
"Very good lecture, thanks!"
"I am friendlier towards grass now."
"Very good presentation. Never wanted a lawn
myself but I appreciate the info."
"Amazing amount of information."
"Extremely good information. There should be some way for all to have this info."
"Interesting subject matter and useful to me."
"Wonderful, useful, informative - thank you."
"Excellent speaker and info."
"Very informative."
"Fantastic."
"I was surprised to find this more useful and interesting than I thought it would be for this subject in our area."
"This was very helpful training and I would like to know more."




(Progress towards the short-term objectives.)
Permalink - Posted January 15, 2012, 4:50 pm
Of all 67 participants that have attended 3 or more years in the Master Gardener Program, 80% reported that repeated training changed and enriched their understanding of turfgrass management differently than one time training would have and 95% admitted that repeated training changed their attitude towards turfgrass.
(Progress towards the medium-term objectives.)
Permalink - Posted January 13, 2011, 8:26 am
When surveyed, 98% of the 158 participants of the 2010 Master Gardener program in New Mexico considered training in turfgrass maintenance important.
All participants of the 2010 Turfgrass Irrigation Workshop in Bernalillo County reported that the information presented at the workshop will help them make better irrigation decisions and will also help them conserve irrigation water.
Participantsí knowledge of understanding of turf irrigation increased significantly as a result of the workshop. Attendees rated their knowledge about irrigation requirements for turf areas at an average of 2.1 before and 3.2 after (1 = poor to 4 = excellent) the workshop.
95% of the participants reported that turfgrass training changed and enriched their understanding of turf maintenance issues to either a great extent or to a fair extent (immediately following a 3 hour training program).
(Progress towards the short-term objectives.)
Permalink - Posted January 13, 2011, 8:24 am
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