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Book: Proceedings of the Second International Turfgrass Research Conference
Published by: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America



  1.  p. 431-437
    Proceedings of the Second International Turfgrass Research Conference

    Eliot C. Roberts (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-573-4


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Alternative method of greens management1

  1. J. H. Madison,
  2. J. L. Paul and
  3. W. B. Davis


Continually increasing traffic on greens creates problems which have been met by a variety of mechanical and chemical aids. Further advances in handling more traffic by these practices appears limited. The simplified program reported here retains present mowing and irrigation practices, but substitutes for all other management activities a program of frequent light topdressing. The topdressing sand is used as a carrier for seed, nutrients, and pest-control chemicals. The absence of a discrete thatch layer reduces the need for mechanical manipulation of the green.

This report discusses topdressing composition, frequency of application, rate of buildup, and problems of mixing and handling. The effects of such a program are considered on play ability, on thatch development, pests, and labor requirements.

The program is being evaluated over several years to define any long-term problems. On the basis of the first 16 months of continuing test, results indicate that the simplified program based on topdressing presents an economical alternative to traditional management programs. Additional index words: Agrostis, Turfgrass, Topdressing.

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