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Author(s):Hudson, J. S.; Minner, D. D.
Author Affiliation:Iowa State University
Title:Evaluating SportGrass for athletic fields
Section:Turfgrass science
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Meeting Info.:Salt Lake City, UT: October 31 - November 4, 1999
Source:1999 Annual Meeting Abstracts [ASA/CSSA/SSSA]. Vol. 91, 1999, p. 129.
Publishing Information:[Madison, WI]: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America
# of Pages:1
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Football fields; Sports turf; Turf reinforcing systems; Product profile; Evaluations; Poa pratensis; Traffic; Lolium perenne; Cultural methods
Cultivar Names:Limousine
Abstract/Contents:"Intense traffic on sand-based football fields can reduce playing surface stability. SportGrass is a system comprised of a sand-filled synthetic carpet into which grass is grown.The synthetic component has a woven backing that contains tufts of fibrillated fibers. SportGrass provides a very durable and stable surface, however there have been many questions regarding management of this hybrid system. Does the synthetic backing reduce rooting? Can conventional coring and verticutting be used with this system? Is stability compromised as a mat of vegetation develops above the synthetic component? A SportGrass study area was established in 1996 with 'Limousine' Kentucky bluegrass. Football traffic was simulated using a modified Brouwer roller fitted with cleats that supplied differential slip type traffic. To evaluate mat management, treatments consisted of Primo plant growth regulation, solid coring, vertical mowing, and clipping removal. Solid coring reduced surface hardness while vertical mowing increased surface hardness. On a separate but adjacent study using SportGrass, it was found that perennial ryegrass was less tolerant of traffic compared to Kentucky bluegrass. Rooting, turf quality, surface hardness and water infiltration will be discussed for the SportGrass system."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Hudson, J. S., and D. D. Minner. 1999. Evaluating SportGrass for athletic fields. Annu. Meet. Abstr. 91:p. 129.
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