SEPTEMBER IS prime time for starting or renovating lawns, and it may be the only time that homeowners give lawn grass a second thought… New Jersey has stepped up, claiming a nationally prominent role in designing new grass varieties for temperate climates around the world. The Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station maintains several sites at which turf grass is grown, managed and studied, but the heart of the breeding operation that produces new breakthroughs is a 206-acre site in Adelphia (Howell Township), much of it presenting an unbroken expanse of mowed "lawn." "They call this the country club," says William Meyer, director of the Turfgrass Breeding Project for the past 20 years. "It may look like one big lawn, but there are actually 40,000 3-foot by 5-foot plots of individually distinct grasses. And each one is rated every month."
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