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Author(s):Cockerham, S. T.
Author Affiliation:Director of the research station, University of California; Riverside
Title:The effects of mowing on turfgrass growth
Source:Golden State Fairways. Vol. 1, No. 1, First quarter 1989, p. 14,37.
Publishing Information:Las Vegas: R/K Communications Group, Inc.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Mowing; Frequency of clip; Mowing frequency; Clippings; Stress; Mowing height
Abstract/Contents:"There aren't many plants that can stand to have one-third of the foliage removed continually and still remain healthy, vigorous, and tough. The first and most apparent result of mowing on grass is that some of the photosynthetically active tissue is removed reducing the plant food production capability. A direct result of that removal is a reduction in root growth. After the initial shock of close clipping, mowing very frequently allows the turfgrass root system to recover to a remarkable degree. The frequency of mowing should be determined by the relationship between how tall the grass is permitted to grow and the ultimate cutting height. Removal of more than 40% of the total grass blade length of a plant in a single clipping completely stops root growth. Rhizome weight and number are restricted by mowing. Bentgrass and bermudagrass will tolerate more severe defoliation than species such as Kentucky bluegrass. Plants living in temperatures higher than the optimum for growth without a break, such as occurs when nights do not cool off, experience very significantly reduced growth. Mowing and temperature combined with the traffic from play or use create a difficult environment for plant growth."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Cockerham, S. T. 1989. The effects of mowing on turfgrass growth. Golden State Fairways. 1(1):p. 14,37.
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