Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation-Sponsored Webinar Discusses Backyard Conservation and the Lawn of the Future

NACD webinar series imparts strategies for structuring urban conservation initiatives
Mar 28, 2019 10:30 AM ET

Dr. Phil Dwyer has been a member of the Scotts R&D research team since 2006. Primary work efforts have focused on lawn fertilizer research and new product development at Scotts' own field stations and in collaboration with university Turfgrass research programs. Much of his work has involved finding ways to optimize the consumer experience while protecting our environment. These efforts have focused on reducing a lawn's water needs, recycling yard waste, improving seedling establishment, optimizing slow release fertilizer technologies, seasonal nutritional responses and consumer education/outreach. 


An emerging R&D concept at The Scotts Miracle Gro Company––the "lawn of the future"––shows how an array of innovations are working together to allow homeowners to have a beautiful outdoor space even as water resources become increasingly limited. During a recent National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) webinar, ScottsMiracle-Gro scientist Phil Dwyer, aka Dr. Phil the Lawn Doctor, reviewed this holistic approach to backyard conservation, covering all aspects of lawn and garden care including sustainable grass varieties, targeted fertilization, smart watering and drip irrigation. Participants gained insights on new ways to enhance the water use efficiency of lawns both through the evaluation of new smart watering technologies and the best cultural practices for protecting water resources.

To learn more about the lawn of the future and access the recorded webinar, visit This webinar was part of series sponsored by The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Urban and Community Resource Policy Group. 

To learn more about The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation’s water stewardship initiatives, visit

About The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation

The mission of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation is to inspire, connect and cultivate a community of purpose. The Foundation is deeply rooted in helping create healthier communities, empower the next generation, and preserve our planet. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that funds non-profit entities that support its core initiatives in the form of grants, endowments and multi-year capital gifts. For more information, visit