Dr. Ryan Goss' Turfgrass Research Program

Turfgrass Water Management

The program is conducting various research projects to minimize turfgrass water use for the desert southwest.
Turfgrass management strategies for reduced water use. A graduate student research project designed to determine which management practices can be utilized to minimize required water for various turfgrasses in New Mexico. Irrigation system has been designed and installed in Las Cruces and Farmington to provide a spectrum of applied water over a short distance. Within the research area, supplemental irrigation ranges from 0 to 100% ET replacement.

Schematic of Linear Gradient Irrigation System

Drip vs. sprinkler irrigation for surface wetting.
Drip vs. sprinkler irrigation for cool-season grass establishment.

Turfgrass Weed Control

Herbicides for saltgrass and other newly developed turfgrass species.
Bermuda grass seed production yield increases.
Contract research for turfgrass weed control projects.

Other Research