Preface vii Acknowledgments ix Chapter 1 Benefits of Turf and Its Management 1 Part I Grasses 7 Chapter 2 Introduction to the Grasses 9 Chapter 3 Cool-Season Grasses 41 Chapter 4 Warm-Season Grasses 75 Chapter 5 Ornamental Grasses 97 Part II Turf Culture 109 Chapter 6 Establishment 111 Chapter 7 Soil Testing and Soil Amendments 147 Chapter 8 Turf Nutrition and Fertilization 171 Chapter 9 Mowing, Rolling, and Plant Growth Regulators 209 Chapter 10 Irrigation 225 Chapter 11 Thatch, Cultivation, and Topdressing 249 Chapter 12 Light Requirements and Shade Management 269 Part III Turf Pest Management 285 Chapter 13 Turf Weed Management 287 Chapter 14 Turf Insect Management 331 Chapter 15 Turf Disease Management 353 Part IV The Turf Industry 379 Chapter 16 Careers in the Turfgrass Industry 381 Chapter 17 Sports Turf Management 389 Chapter 18 Sod Production 407 Chapter 19 Professional Lawn Care 419 Chapter 20 Golf Course Maintenance 431 About the Authors 455 Index 457
NICK E. CHRISTIANS, PhD, is professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Mathematics of Turfgrass Maintenance, Fourth Edition, and Mathematics for the Green Industry. AARON J. PATTON, PhD, is associate professor of Horticulture at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He also serves as the executive director of the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation. QUINCY D. LAW, MS, is a doctoral student in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and the Ecological Science and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Purdue University.