UA turfgrass specialist has high hopes for greener grass

A turfgrass specialist at the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dave Kopec grew up decades ago in New York City public housing where signs implored him and his friends to stay off the grass. As it turns out, Kopec has spent his life doing anything but. Lately, Kopec has been on the hunt for a type of grass that will stay green longer than those now in use. That is, he has been looking for a type of turf that will retain its color into December so golf courses and other sports facilities may not have to overseed in the fall.