By Pamela Sherratt
Turfgrass defined is a ground cover composed of close cut, thickly growing, intertwining stems and leaves of grass plants. The distinguishing characteristic of turfgrasses is the ability to withstand close mowing and still provide a functional, dense and healthy ground cover and that is what sets it apart from other plants. The turfgrass industry in the USA is valued somewhere between forty and sixty billion dollars, with over fifty million acres of turf. In Ohio alone, according to a 2007 survey (below), the turfgrass industry accounts for $4.6 billion in total economic impact ($3 billion in annual expenditure) with 42,000 people employed in the industry and over four million acres of turf grown in the state.