Turfgrass Management (8th Edition)

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9780132236164: Turfgrass Management (8th Edition)

Rich with illustrations, Turfgrass Management, 8e is regarded for its thorough coverage of turfgrass science and technology. While covering the important features of turfgrass systems, interactions, and management, this book attempts to unlock some of the mysteries of turf and establish the role of cultural interventions in achieving specific objectives.  Among its many updates, this edition features an expanded treatment of turfgrass physiology and biochemistry; more on improving environmental stress tolerance; new methods for alleviating soil compaction and improving drainage; and a section on spring transitions.  New! Expanded treatment of hormones such as: brassinosteroids, jasmonic acid, and salicylic acid.  References the most recent research regarding the effects of endogenous applications of these materials on turfgrass growth and stress tolerance. New! A section on “grow lights” is now included.  Shows how the innovative use of grow lights extends the photoperiod on summer-stressed turfs such as stadiums and golf courses. New! A description of a subsurface aeration system is now included. Shows how to improve drainage by using a suction pump attached to drain pipes, and how to modify root zone temperature by pumping air through drain pipes. Golf course superintendents, professional lawn care specialists, and other related professionals.

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From the Publisher:

A principal introductory text for formal and informal instruction in turfgrass management, this generously illustrated book covers important features of turfgrass systems, interactions between system components, and principles of turfgrass management.

From the Back Cover:

First published over 20 years ago, Turfgrass Management has maintained its position as the leading textbook for beginning turf students. A clear and comprehensive guide to principles underlying turfgrass establishment and management, this book includes sufficient detail to be appropriate for courses in weed control, disease management, and insect management in turf.

In addition to updating the information on cultural operations, as well as pesticides and other materials used in turfgrass management, significant improvements to this edition include:

  • Expanded introductory chapter includes new sections on the history of turf and the turfgrass industry
  • Expanded bioenergetics and metabolism section in Chapter 2 includes more detailed coverage of phytohormones and antioxidants
  • Extensively updated turfgrass species coverage in Chapter 3
  • New section on water repellent soils included in Chapter 4
  • Expanded nutrient formulations coverage in the fertilization portion of Chapter 5
  • New section on biostimulants added to Chapter 6
  • Expanded 8-page color insert shows morphological common weeds, diseases, and insects

Hallmark features of this best-selling text have been retained including:

  • Rich use of illustrations convey key concepts, processes, and relationships that, in aggregate, constitute turfgrass science and management
  • End-of-chapter questions help focus attention on key concepts
  • Inclusion of a contemporary climatic classification system adapted from Trewartha's system is unique among plant-science texts and provides a basis for determining where specific turfgrasses are adopted anywhere in the world

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