A Short Grammar of Greenkeeping
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A Short Grammar of Greenkeeping

Fundamental principles influencing turfgrass growth and maintenance

About the Book

Every turfgrass manager knows that temperature, light, water, and fertilizer will influence the growth rate of the grass. Because the growth rate, and adjustments to it, are what finally produce the desired playing surfaces, it is critically important to understand how these factors can be adjusted. This book explains how the influence of air temperature, photosynthetic light, plant water status, and leaf nitrogen content can be thought of and communicated as a grammar: the fundamental principles or rules of an art or a science. I've put this book together based on 14 articles I wrote on this topic for GCM China. Royalties from the sale of this book in 2016 were donated to the Environmental Institute for Golf.

About the Author

Micah Woods
Micah Woods

Micah Woods is Chief Scientist at the Asian Turfgrass Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee. He grew up in Oregon and studied horticulture at Oregon State University, then worked for three years as a golf course superintendent in China and Japan. From 2001 to 2005, he studied at Cornell University in New York, writing his dissertation about nutrient availability to turfgrass grown in sand root zones. In 2006 he founded the Asian Turfgrass Center and has since been doing research and sharing turfgrass information in more than 20 countries.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Defining Turfgrass Management
  • Two Uncontrollable Factors Influencing Grass Growth
  • Managing water in the soil
  • Nitrogen, temperature, and growth rate
  • Growth potential of turf as influenced by temperature
  • Managing soil organic matter
  • Measuring soil water to estimate soil air
  • Four things to increase roots on putting greens
  • Do you know how much salt is in the irrigation water?
  • Managing salt by leaching
  • Measuring clipping yield from putting greens
  • An easy PAR
  • Similar temperatures, but dissimilar sunshine
  • Two ways to avoid nutrient deficiencies
  • Appendix A: Additional information

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