International Turf Management Handbook

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CRC Press, Sep 27, 1999 - Technology & Engineering - 368 pages
Grasslands take up approximately one-quarter of the world's vegetative cover. Turfgrasses protect the land from erosion, stabilize the soil, moderate the temperature and provide low cost safe surfacing for many sporting and leisure activities. Amenity grasslands - and turf in particular - do more than form a significant part of the global landscape. They make up the basis of a multimillion dollar industry. International Turf Management Handbook covers the establishment, maintenance, and management of natural turfgrass surfaces.
This handbook is arranged in four sections. The first section details the identification and selection of turfgrasses, how they grow, and their maintenance. The second section focuses on the management and administration of the turfgrass business. The third section addresses current standards and their use to effectively manage different surfaces such as bowling, croquet and golf greens, grass tennis courts, cricket tables, football and athletic fields, racetracks, and golf fairways. The final section discusses important environmental issues in turf management, including water resources, pesticides and fertilizers.
Developed in association with more than 20 leading turf management authorities, the International Turf Management Handbook details the how the natural turfgrass surface functions. It explores strategies that blend biodiveristy and sustainability with the business of maintaining turf. It is essential reading for agriculture, horticulture, and natural resource professionals, and land managers.
 

Contents

Turfgrass identification and selection
19
Dr David E Aldous and Peter S Semos
49
Turfgrass soils and drainage
65
Keith McIntyre and Dr Bent Jakobsen
81
Turfgrass construction materials and methods
101
Dr Bent Jakobsen and D Keith McIntyre
119
Turfgrass nutrition and fertilisers
139
Dr Stephen T Cockerham and Dr David D Minner
159
Dr Robert Witherspoon
213
THE MEASUREMENT OF PERFORMANCE INDICATORS IN MANAGING
231
Dr Stephen W Baker
245
Philip Ryan
265
Sportsfield and arena management
281
John J Neylan David J McGeary and Michael R Robinson
299
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FACING THE CONTEMPORARY LAND MANAGER
327
Index
345

Turfgrass plant health and protection
173
Turfgrass facility business and administration
195

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