Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management, Fourth Edition
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Now revised & updated -- the essential book on turfgrass management!

The new edition of Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management introduces the principles of turfgrass management, 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 testingContains expanded coverage of physiology, water quality and seed production, seed certification, and seed buyingOffers step-by-step advice on the selection and maintenance of turfgrassesIncludes the latest information on cutting-edge fertilization research, mowing techniques, and sports field management practicesFeatures 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.


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.




Chapter 1. Careers in the Turfgrass Industry.

Chapter 2. Introduction to the Grasses.

Chapter 3. Cool-Season Grasses.

Chapter 4. Warm-Season Grasses.

Chapter 5. Ornamental Grasses.

Chapter 6. Establishment.

Chapter 7. Soil Testing and Soil Amendment.

Chapter 8. Fertilization.

Chapter 9. Mowing, Plant Growth Regulators, and Shade.

Chapter 10. Irrigation.

Chapter 11. Thatch, Cultivation, and Topdressing.

Chapter 12. Weed Control.

Chapter 13. Turf Insects.

Chapter 14. Turfgrass Diseases.

Chapter 15. Sports Field Management.

Chapter 16. Sod Production.

Chapter 17. Professional Lawn Care.

Chapter 18. Golf Course Maintenance.

About the Author.