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Content Type:Q & A
Corporate Author(s):USGA Green Section
Title:Establishing Bermuda grass on alkaline soil
Source:Turf Culture [II]. Vol. 2, No. 1, February 1940, p. 61.
# of Pages:1
Publishing Information:Washington, DC: United States Golf Association, Green Section
Question:On a golf course which we are building we find that tests of surface soil show an alkaline reaction of pH 8.5 and an average salt content on a moisture free basis of approximately 0.24. What procedure would you recommend in bringing this soil to a neutral condition suitable for the development of Bermuda grass?
Source of Question:Florida
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Alkaline soils; Ammonium sulfate; Cynodon dactylon; Establishment; Recommendations
Answer/Response:The best way to do this would be to apply finely divided sulfur. However, this would probably not be worthwhile. Good Bermuda grass is grown on a soil with a pH of 8.5. Also, you may find that as the salt leaches out the pH will be lowered. Most likely if you feed the Bermuda grass well it will thrive in spite of the alkalinity. It would be important, however, to get a good cover of grass on this soil as rapidly as possible. This would prvent an excessive concentration of salt on the surface in hot dry weather. Liberal applications of sulfate of ammonia would no doubt give you more for the money than any other material you could apply under these conditions. It would not only have the effect of stimulating the grass to give a good protective covering to the surface soil but it would also ultimately neutralize some of the alkalies in the soil.
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
USGA Green Section. 1940. Establishing Bermuda grass on alkaline soil. Turf Culture [II]. 2(1):p. 61.
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