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This book unlocks some of the mysteries of turf and establishes the role of cultural interventions for achieving specific objectives.Starting with history of turf and the turfgrass industry, this book provides new information on species, pesticides, PGRs, and other materials used in turfgrass management. It also discusses pesticides and pest management; fertilizers; bioenergetics and metabolism, and generally focuses on the turfgrass plant and how it grows and develops into a sustainable turfgrass community.Golf course superintendents, professional lawn care specialists, and other related professionals.
Table of Contents
Growth and Development
The Turfgrass Environment
Primary Cultural Practices
Supplementary Cultural Practices
Common and Chemical Names of Pesticides Used in Turf<$$$>
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This book has been designed as a basic text for beginning students of turfgrass science and management. In covering the important features of turfgrass systems, interactions between and among system components, and principles of turfgrass management, it attempts to unlock some of the mysteries of turf and establish the role of cultural interventions for achieving specific objectives. Illustrations are used generously throughout the text to help students grasp concepts, processes, and relationships of importance in turfgrass systems. Each chapter concludes with a series of questions to test the reader's comprehension of the material.The seventh edition ofTurfgrass Managementemploys the same organization as earlier editions. The first chapter includes an introduction to turf quality, and it characterizes turfgrass management as the means by which turf quality can be sustained. New sections on the "History of Turf" and the "Turfgrass Industry" have been included in this edition. The second chapter focuses on the turfgrass plant and how it grows and develops into a sustainable turfgrass community. An expanded treatment of phytohormones and a new section on oxygen radicals and antioxidants have been included in this edition. The third chapter provides detailed information concerning botanic descriptions, environmental adaptations, cultural requirements, and uses of turfgrass species, along with a climactic classification system helpful in determining where turfgrass species are adapted and a taxonomic scheme useful in determining where specific turfgrasses fit in relation to other members of the grass family. The fourth chapter deals with the components of the environment--atmospheric, edaphic, and biotic--in which turfgrasses must grow, compete, and survive. Chapters five and six cover the broad array of primary and supplementary cultural practices, respectively, for sustaining turf at desired levels of quality. A new section on biostimulants has been included in this edition. The seventh chapter covers important aspects of turfgrass pest management, including those involved in the management of weeds, diseases, nematodes, insects, and large-animal pests. While the role of pesticides is emphasized in this chapter, the entire text is concerned with pest management to the extent that pest problems can be reduced or, in some cases, essentially eliminated by providing conditions that favor healthy turfgrass growth. A new eight-page colored insert featuring common weeds, diseases, and insects of turf has been included in this edition. Turfgrass propagation is covered in the eighth chapter. As many problems encountered in the management of existing turfs are directly attributable to improper establishment, the previous chapters set the stage for an enlightened discussion of propagation and its importance throughout the life of a turf. Finally, the ninth chapter attempts to bring it all together into integrated cultural systems for sustaining specific types of turf.