Native plants are a good thing, but they are not the only answer for landscapers seeking to be environmentally responsible. Many cool-season turfgrasses were brought to the U.S. years ago by European immigrants, says Dr. William Meyer, director of turfgrass breeding at Rutgers University-Cook College. Meyer regularly scours European parks and cemeteries in search of new germplasm to help improve the turfgrass varieties already on the market.

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