Managing Healthy Sports Fields: A Guide to Using Organic Materials for Low-Maintenance and Chemical-Free Playing Fields
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The huge chemical arsenal once available to turf managers for pest, weed and disease control has slowly but surely been restricted or regulated. As a result alternative methods have had to be sought. This text aims to liberate the modern turf manager from dependency on chemical treatments through suggestions you can adapt to specific field types, climatic zones, and desired appearance. Author Paul Sachs offers safety for people and animals, as well as longevity for the land, without sacrificing the quality of the turf itself.
- Written for turf managers who need to reduce or eliminate chemical pesticides and fertilisers in their turfgrass management processes.
- Offers advice and practical steps to earth-conscious turf managers, and those who are responding to the growing chorus of concerns about fertilisers and pesticides.
- Covers the basics of soil fertility, composting, methods of soil analysis, cultural practices and pests.
PAUL SACHS is the founder of North Country Organics, a Vermont-based supplier of natural land care products, and Ecological Turf Consultants, a consulting firm that provides solutions for clients who want to reduce or eliminate chemical applications on golf courses, sports fields, or other expanses of turf. One of the foremost authorities on organic land care, he has authored four books and hundreds of articles, and speaks regularly at association conferences for professionals involved in both agriculture and horticulture.
About the Author.
Chapter 1. The Soil Ecosystem.
Chapter 2. Fertility.
Chapter 3. Compost.
Chapter 4. Analysis.
Chapter 5. Pests.
Chapter 6. Cultural Practices.
Chapter 7. Simplicity versus Stability.
Sources and Resources.