Investigation of Net-Sod Production as a New Technique1
- J. B. Beard,
- D.P. Martin and
- F.B. Mercer
The production time of seeded sods needs to be reduced to save on mowing, fertilization, irrigation, and similar production costs. The objective of this study was to determine the feasibility of the net-sod system, including the production techniques and transplanting characteristics. Results over a 3-year period confirmed that a Tuft 5 net-sod production system is feasible and could reduce production time substantially. Studies revealed that the seeding rate and harvesting techniques would be the same as now used in standard Kentucky bluegrass production practices. The depth of net placement in the soil did not affect net-sod production, assuming it was above the projected harvest depth. This was also true when the net was placed on the soil surface. Seasonal studies revealed that production time varied seasonally: shortest in fall; longest in spring, and intermediate for a summer planting under Michigan muck sod production conditions. Observations stress the importance of adequate weed seed control in the seedbed prior to planting. Finally, transplant rooting studies using both field and greenhouse observational techniques showed no differences between Tuft 5 net-sod production and standard production procedures.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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