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Author(s):Bruneau, Arthur H.; Yelverton, Fred H.; Cooper, Richard J.
Author Affiliation:Bruneau: Technical Editor, North Carolina Turfgrass, Professor, Extension Specialist, Department of Crop Science, North Carolina State University; Yelverton: Associate Professor, Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Crop Science Department, NCSU/CALS; Cooper: Professor of Crop Science, NCSU/CALS
Title:Evaluation and renovation of bermudagrass athletic fields
Section:Applied technology
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Source:North Carolina Turfgrass. Vol. 21, No. 5, August/September 2003, p. 32, 34, 36.
# of Pages:3
Publishing Information:Southern Pines, NC: The Turfgrass Council of North Carolina, Inc.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Cynodon; Athletic fields; Preemergence herbicides; Renovation; Rhizomes; Turf recovery; Drainage; Aerification; Solid tine coring; Sports turf maintenance; Grading; Slope; Records; Coring
Abstract/Contents:Discusses the renovation of bermudagrass (Cynodon spp.)sports fields, explaining that bermudagrass is is "the primary choice for use on athletic fields in many parts of North Carolina. However, if subjected to excessive traffic or thinned by stress or pests such as low temperatures, bermudagrass can eventually produce unacceptable and even unsafe playing conditions." Discusses the use of preemergence herbicides, explaining that "because DNA herbicides are absorbed by roots and emerging shoots, they are often injurious to stoloniferous turfgrass species (such as bermudagrass) that are not well established." Presents ways to tell if renovation is necessary, pointing out that "the presence of bermudagrass rhizomes (stems in the soil) will help assure quick recovery." Explains that "two to three weeks after spring green-up is the best time to begin a management plan that will encourage good bermudagrass growth." Discusses evaluating the grade and soil conditions of a fieldand presents corrective measures for improving the grade. Describes a variety of different aerification processes, including solid-tine aeration, hollow-core aeration, and deep tine aeration. Suggests that managers should keep records, explaining that "keeping records of fertilizer and irrigation programs, game schedules, green up, last and first frost as well as the amount of play a field receives will increase your chances of success."
Note:Includes sidebar, "Helpful Web Sites", p.36
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Bruneau, A. H., F. H. Yelverton, and R. J. Cooper. 2003. Evaluation and renovation of bermudagrass athletic fields. N.C. Turfgrass. 21(5):p. 32, 34, 36.
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