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Author(s):Olcott, J. B.
Author Affiliation:South Manchester
Title:Meadows, pastures, grass and people
Source:Annual Report of the Secretary of the Connecticut State Board of Agriculture. Vol. 20, 1886, p. 234-279.
# of Pages:46
Publishing Information:Hartford, Connecticut: State of Connecticut
Language:English
References:0
Quotable quotes"What I argue, here, about old sward, is what I have been doing all my farm-life -- showing that rough grass-land can be made into handsome pastures, meadow, park, and even tolerable or superfine lawn, over large surfaces in our State, with little or no use of the plow; retaining, for the fine bottom of a new meadow, say, all of that solid and productive turf, now existing, which years are required to reproduce, even with the best of management. It is far better to save the sod we have, even if it looks somewhat patchy, for a while, than to ruin ourselves with seed bills from dealers who cannot tell one grass from another!"
"All farmers do not understand that turf of various sorts is a marketable commodity, or that it is part of their legitimate business to know how to produce it. Near a city or village fine turf sells, not rarely, for five or six dollars a load. The very finest, clean of weeds and the seeds of weeds, ought to be worth more than that. The best turf for shaded places is scarce and probably worth much more, if the purchaser is sure of its quality."
"Fifteen years ago nice people were often sowing timothy, redtop, and colver for door-yards, and failing wretchedly with lawn-making."
"Mr. Frank Platt, of New Haven, says that the seed for Central Park (largely of Poa annua, in the first place) cost $6,000."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Olcott, J. B. 1886. Meadows, pastures, grass and people. Ann. Rep. Sec. Connecticut Board of Agric. 20:p. 234-279.
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