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Content Type:Q & A
Corporate Author(s):USGA Green Section
Title:Improving turf on athletic fields
Section:Our letter box
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Source:Turf Culture [II]. Vol. 1, No. 1, January 1939, p. 94.
Publishing Information:Washington, DC: United States Golf Association, Green Section
# of Pages:1
Question:"We have been having considerable difficulty in maintaining a stand of grass on our high school ahtletic field. I am forwarding under separate cover a sample of the soil on the field. We should like to know whether the soil is in proper condition to grow grass or whether it should be cut with sand. Also, I suppose you can let us know by testing the soil what types of fertilizer would be required to get the best catch of grass. As you can imagine, the turf is abused chiefly during the two seasons which are best for growing grass. I should like to know at what time of year we could do a reseeding job, if that is what you recommend."
Source of Question:New York
Answer/Response:"You may find that an ample feeding program may enable you to thicken up your grass satisfactorily without seed. Tests made on the sample which you sent to indicate that the soil contained a good supply of phosphoric acid. Undoubtely a liberal application of fertilizer containing a high percentage of nitrogen should be effective in increasing the growth of grass. We therefore suggest that in early spring you apply sulphate of ammonia at the rate of about 200 pounds to the acre. This should be applied when the grass is dry. If the turf is very thin and obviously needs some seed, you probably can get best results by seeding in the spring during the period of late freezing and thawing. At that time some of the grass may be able to germinate and become established before the ground is sufficiently dry to be suitable for play. If neither of these programs gives you satisfactory results, it would be well during late August next year to cut in a little sand and seed and keep the field out of play as long as possible in September to enable the seedlings to become established."
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Application timing; Athletic fields; Fertilizer recommendations; Seeding
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USGA Green Section. 1939. Improving turf on athletic fields. Turf Culture [II]. 1(1):p. 94.
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