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Green space created around Grimes Playfield
July 15, 2010



PULLMAN – Construction crews will begin cutting back asphalt at the site of the Grimes Way Playfield project this week, making way for trees and grass that will create additional green space surrounding the playfield.


The new trees will add a buffer all along the west side of the playfield and along about half of the north side. The trees are part of the university’s overall plan to increase green spaces within the central campus area.


The trees will displace some previously existing parking spots, most of which already have been taken out of service … » More …

Endowed turfgrass professorship comes to WSU
November 30, 2009

PULLMAN — With an eye on the importance of research to its future, the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission will fund the endowed professor position in turfgrass management at WSU.


WSU received a gift of nearly $300,000 from the commission to establish the turfgrass professorship. The gift gives WSU the opportunity to hire someone to focus on research in the turfgrass industry.


“Once fully funded the endowment will provide research and operating support for a faculty position in turfgrass management in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at WSU,” said Rich Koenig, department chair of crop and soil sciences. “The endowed professor will … » More …

Xeriscaping: Untap your landscape
December 17, 2007

Photo: Flagstone pavers and drought-tolerant plants help make this front yard area water wise. (Photo courtesy of Tonie Fitzgerald).

There is more to landscaping than pretty plants. Sustainable park design, drought-tolerant trees and proper watering to prevent turf diseases are just a few of the topics that will be addressed at this year’s WSU Turf, Tree and Landscape conference. 

More than 400 people from Washington, Idaho, Montana and other locations are expected to attend.

The conference, Feb. 7-8 at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, will focus on the importance of water … » More …

Returfing Martin Stadium
June 2, 2006

The greening of Martin Stadium is currently underway as eight crews from Field Turf Builders, a contractor out of Sherwood, Ore., install the new Field Turf on the stadium floor. Above, Scott LaRoche, Field Turf Builders, installs yard markings on field’s edge.The process, which began several weeks ago, includes tearing up the old turf, laying down the new turf, installing the field markings, then topping off the turf with a layers of sand and rubber. Currently, the synthetic grass blades are about 2.5 inches tall. After the sand and rubber topping are added and groomed in, the grass length will be about 1/2 inch high.The … » More …

WSU Turf Club to landscape new Spillman Memorial site
April 17, 2006

Members of WSU’s Turf Club will begin landscaping a site in front of Clark Hall, the new location of the Spillman family marker, on Friday, April 21.William Jasper Spillman, a member of the faculty of the Washington State Agricultural College and School of Science from 1894 to 1902, was the university’s first wheat breeder. He developed varieties of wheat that were grown in the Pacific Northwest for more than 50 years.Spillman was credited with independently rediscovering Mendel’s Law of genetics in 1901. In 1902 he left the college and joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There he was instrumental in establishing the national agriculture extension … » More …