Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 12, 2011 - Architecture - 398 pages

The essential book on turfgrass management now revised and updated!

Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management, Fourth Edition introduces the principles of turfgrass manage-ment, covering everything from basic turfgrass science to fertilization, mowing, turfgrass diseases, irrigation topdressing, pest management, as well as career paths, and much more.

With an emphasis on explaining why certain management practices are handled as they are, this new edition:

  • Incorporates updates throughout with special emphasis on pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and soil testing

  • Contains expanded coverage of physiology, water quality and seed production, seed certification, and seed buying

  • Offers step-by-step advice on the selection and maintenance of turfgrasses

  • Includes the latest information on cutting-edge fertilization research, mowing techniques, and sports field management practices

  • Features a full-color identification guide that covers the most common grasses and weeds

Written on a level suitable for students, but with a wealth of information useful to experienced turfgrass managers, Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management, Fourth Edition provides a solid yet flexible grounding that readers can apply and adapt on the job to nearly any situation.

 

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Contents

Preface
117
Fertilization
139
Mowing Plant Growth Regulators and Shade
179
Irrigation
195
Thatch Cultivation and Topdressing
215
Weed Control
233
Turf Insects
273
Turfgrass Diseases
293
Sports Field Management
315
Sod Production
333
Professional Lawn Care
347
Golf Course Maintenance
361
About the Author
389
Index
391
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About the author (2011)

Nick E. Christians, PhD, is Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, where he has taught courses and conducted research on turfgrass management and physiology since 1979. The author or coauthor of hundreds of papers, articles, book chapters, abstracts, and books including The Mathematics of Turfgrass Maintenance, Fourth Edition (Wiley), Mathematics for the Green Industry (Wiley), and Scotts Lawns: Your Guide to a Beautiful Yard, Christians has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the Iowa Legislative Teaching Excellence Award and the Outstanding Educator Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science. He has been a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy since 1995, and a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America since 1996.

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