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Author(s):Schoth, Harry
Author Affiliation:Oregon Experiment Station, Corvallis, Oregon
Title:[Interest in turf and turf problems are increasing rapidly, more specifically on the Pacific coast]
Meeting Info.:October 7-9, 1951
Source:Proceedings of National Turf Field Days. 1951, p. 33-34.
# of Pages:2
Publishing Information:West Point, Pennsylvania: West Point Lawn Products
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Choice of species; Futures; Maintenance practices; Research priorities; Urbanization
Abstract/Contents:"So far as the Western portion of the United States is concerned and perhaps more particularly the Pacific coast, interest in turf and turf problems is increasing rapidly. There are a number of reasons for this. The rapid increase in population and rapid development of new homes, in turn means many new lawns, demand for more and better parks, recreation areas, etc. There is more highway construction and particularly highway beautification within cities and nearby. In some sections there are increased difficulties in getting ample supplies of water for irrigation with subsequent higher water rates in quite a number of situations. It is the general opinion of the majority of persons knowing something about turf or being interested in it to think primarily of fine leaved grasses growing under the best possible conditions that can be developed and used mostly in connection with the games of golf an outdoor bowling. It would seem in line to enlarge this thinking. Why not give more consideration to the realities and possibilities of the coarser grasses, certain legumes and other kinds of plants capable of being utilized for turf for varied purposes under certain management practices and under certain and varied conditions? After all, everyone cannot successfully grow golf green turf because of numerous obvious reasons. On the other hand, many persons can grow the equivalent of turf that will answer their purposes for turf. It is in line with this that some turf work now being carried on at Oregon Experiment Station, Corvallis, is of considerable interest. After three years it is interesting to observe that rather satisfactory turf development is in evidence for such coarse leaved grasses as orchard, meadow foxtail, timothy and tall fescue providing they are properly fertilized and watered and not mowed too close (1 ½ inches) and stands are kept dense. They appear to be somewhat easier to keep in satisfactory color throughout most of the year than is the case with fine leaved species. As the plants age, their conditions may change, but so far they look good to the layman. Another point is that this type of plant often lends itself to a much broader turf use than other more refined plants. There seems to be a feeling that in the future increased emphasis may develop in the use of legumes and miscellaneous plants such dichondra for turf purposes. Some study on this proposition may be worthwhile."
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Geographic Terms:Western United States
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Schoth, H. 1951. [Interest in turf and turf problems are increasing rapidly, more specifically on the Pacific coast]. Proc. Natl. Turf Field Days. p. 33-34.
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