National Geographic : 1964 Sep
"Patented grass? That's preposterous!" IN FACT the whole story is highly improb able. But that's just what makes it interest ing. Particularly if you happen to have a house with a lawn around it. As any agrostologist will tell you, Scotts the lawn people - go looking for better grass the way others search for gold. And in the past 95 years they have probably examined every variety known to man. But it wasn't until 1949 that they struck real genetic treasure. At first it was nothing but a patch of promising sod. But fourteen years of tests have proved it to be a mutation in which all the virtues of bluegrass are multiplied. It grows greener, thicker, more carpetlike. Sends out more and sturdier roots. Gets along Facts-of-life about Windsor for the technically minded WINDSOR is a mutant of Poa pratensis. It repro duces asexually by apomixis, with progeny true to-type. Chromosome count is double that of common bluegrass and greater than that of any other variety. Plant patent No. 2364. with less moisture. Glories in the heat of sum mer. Less vulnerable to disease. And you don't have to cut it so often. In fact you can prob ably skip every other mowing. How would you like that? Seed production of WINDSOR - that's its name - has gone from a thimbleful in '49 to a million pounds this year. Yet even that won't be nearly enough as it gradually takes over as the successor to other bluegrass strains. A fortunate discovery. But no more acci dental than the development of the first long lasting lightweight lawn fertilizer (TURF BUILDER) or the first effective crabgrass pre venter (HALTS) or the first accurate spreader. These, and most other such firsts, came from the persistent research program at Scotts the only company that devotes itself exclu sively to the making of better lawn products. S THE LAWN PEOPLE 0 M SCOTT& SONS, MARYSVILLE, OHIO If you'd like to be one of the first to plant this improved grass, just say the word "WINDSOR" to your Scotts Dealer.