Tips & Traps for Growing and Maintaining the Perfect Lawn

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McGraw Hill Professional, Apr 14, 2006 - Architecture - 204 pages
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  • Choosing and installing an irrigation system
  • Creating a lawn from seed and sod
  • Understanding and preparing soil
  • Lawn diseases and insect pests
  • Watering, fertilizing, and weeding

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Chapter 1 Planning for the Greenest Grass
Chapter 2 Climate Considerations and Turf Types
Chapter 3 Understanding and Preparing Soils
Chapter 4 Irrigation and Watering Practices
Chapter 5 Creating Lawn from Seed
Chapter 6 Creating Lawn from SOD
Chapter 7 Watering and Erosion
Chapter 8 Lawn Fertilization
Chapter 10 Aeration and Dethatching
Chapter 11 Weeds in the Lawn
Chapter 12 Pest Management for Turfgrass
The BasicsSoil Water and Grass
Construction Tips
Compost and Mulch Tips

Chapter 9 Mowing and Maintenance

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Page 196 - A single hyphae can span in length from a few cells to many yards. A few fungi, such as yeast, are single cells. Hyphae sometimes group into masses called mycelium or thick, cord-like "rhizomorphs
Page 182 - Terraces prevent erosion by shortening the long slope into a series of shorter, more level steps. This allows heavy rains to soak into the soil rather than run off and cause erosion.
Page 200 - AND PROTOZOA Protozoa and bacterial-feeding nematodes compete for their common food resource: bacteria. Some soils have high numbers of either nematodes or protozoa, but not both. The significance of this difference to plants is not known. Both groups consume bacteria and release NH4+.
Page 200 - ... are evidence of the presence of vampyrellid amoebae. The amoebae attach to the surface of fungal hyphae and generate enzymes that eat through the fungal cell wall. The amoeba then sucks dry or engulfs the cytoplasm inside the fungal cell before moving on to its next victim.
Page 176 - This is only a guideline. On heavier soils in drier conditions this will be too much. On sandy soils during periods of heavy rainfall, this will not be enough.
Page 182 - Make the terraces in your yard high enough so the land between them is fairly level. Be sure the terrace material is strong enough and anchored well enough to stay in place through freezing and thawing, and heavy rainstorms.
Page 176 - This question does not have a simple answer because irrigation requirements vary with grass species, with soil type, and with environmental conditions. These factors often interact in complex ways that make decision making difficult.

About the author (2006)

Rodney Johns has owned and operated Arki-Tec Landscaping and Sales Company, LLC, since 1995 and has more than 15 years' experience in the turfgrass industry. He serves on various advisory boards in both industry and academia. He lives in Canton, Missouri.

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