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More About This Title Turf Management in the Transition Zone
* This is the only book to cover the maintenance of intensive turfgrasses found in the transition zones
* It addresses the basic science of growth cycles, nutrients and fertilisers, in an accessible way, so that that turf managers can easily locate and understand the information they need
* It covers all aspects of cultural practices including mowing and irrigation
* Features information on diseases and insects specific to the transition zone
KENNETH DIESBURG, PHD, is a professor in the Department of Plant, Soil, and General Agriculture at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where he coordinates the Turfgrass Management Breeding and Research program.
Need for Turfgrass Management.
Turfgrass Plant Anatomy and Physiology.
2. Grass Species.
3. Growth Cycle Considerations.
4. Nutrient Requirements.
Fast-Release Nitrogen Fertilizers.
Slow-Release Nitrogen Fertilizers.
Synthetic Organic Nitrogen Compounds.
Salt Index and Osmotic Potential.
Ferti lizing Cool-Season Grasses.
Fertilizing Warm-Season Grasses.
7. Mowing Considerations.
Mower Selection and Operation.
Clipping Heights and Interspecies Dynamics.
8. Soil Management.
Chemical Properties of Soils.
Physical Properties of Soils.
Addressing Soil Compaction.
9. Moisture Management.
The Need for Moisture.
How Turfgrasses Absorb Water.
Soil Water-Holding Capacity.
Movement of Moisture to Roots.
Mechanical Irrigation Systems.
Determining the Need for Irrigation.
Irrigation Technique: Some Final Considerations.
Outlook for Moisture Management.
10. Thatch Management.
Why Thatch Is Bad.
Preventing Excessive Thatch.
11. Weed Management.
Weeds of the Transition Zone.
User and Environmental Safety Precautions.
Guidelines for Use of Herbicides.
Alternatives to Chemical Weed Control.
12. Disease Management.
Common Turfgrass Diseases.
13. Insect Management.
Insect Growth and Morphology.
Common Turfgrass Insects.
14. Establishing Turf.
Dealing with Existing Vegetation.
Soil Grading and Drainage.
Amending the Soil.
Final Grading and Smoothing.
Applying a Starter Fertilizer.
Alternatives to Seeding.