Tough Turfgrass!


Dr. Fred Grau (left) in a tug-of-war (with unknown person) showing the strength of a new blend of bluegrass and zoysiagrass (circa late 1950s/early 1960s). Dr. Grau helped develop zoysiagrass varieties that require small amounts of water and fertilizer and are used on athletic fields. He was the first turfgrass extension specialist in the U.S. and was located at Pennsylvania State University. The SAFE Foundation, STMA's charity, honors him by awarding the Dr. Fred Grau 2-year scholarship annually to a deserving student.

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