The Grass Roots Initiative:
A Science-Based Focus on Turfgrass

Turfgrass has a major impact on our quality of life. The U.S. National Arboretum's Grass Roots Initiative is a four-year, in-depth look at the science behind this familiar, but often misunderstood, landscape plant.

USDA – Roots in Grass Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been investigating grasses for agricultural purposes since its founding in 1862. Pioneering research by USDA botanists and agrostologists forms the root of U.S. turfgrass today.

Myths and Facts – the Truth about Turfgrass

U.S. turfgrass researchers address common perceptions and misconceptions about the relationship between turfgrass fertilization, irrigation, and more. Learn how turfgrass can be a beneficial alternative in the landscape, if people utilize proper practices.

Turfgrass Horticulture -- Information and Links

Learn about grass in the environment, the science of grass, and how people have used grass throughout history and today. Follow links to reliable sources of information on caring for turfgrass and trouble-shooting problems with your lawn.

USNA Illust Plan Grass Roots Exhibit

Coming in 2014!

See the site plan and follow our progress.