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13 matches found for sporting valley turf in Extension Publications

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  1. 100% Using Composts to Improve Turf Performance
    Source: Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Publications

    "If you have been searching for ways to improve turf performance in marginal or poor soils, consider using compost as a soil amendment. In clay soils, good quality compost will improve structure, reduce surface crusting and compaction, promote drainage, and provide nutrients. In sandy soils, compost increases water and nutrient retention, supplies nutrients, and increases microbial activity. These improvements promote faster turf establishment, improved turf density and color, increased rooting, and less need for fertilizer and irrigation."

  2. 100% Renovation of Lawns
    Source: Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Publications

    "Lawn renovation involves restoring a deteriorated turfgrass area to an improved condition. Depending on the condition of the turf, this process can be accomplished without establishing a new lawn. Lawn renovation is time-consuming and expensive and should not be performed unless steps are taken to correct the underlying cause of turf deterioration. Included in this publication is information on problems that cause turf to deteriorate and suggested programs for revitalizing turfgrass areas."

  3. 86% Agronomy Facts 32: Pasture and Hay for Horses
    Source: Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Publications

    "Horses are used in a wide variety of activities throughout Pennsylvania and adjoining states. Most of these horses are owned and managed for recreation or sport rather than for profit. One of the main expenses in owning a horse is feed. To minimize feed costs, it is important to keep horses healthy and feed them a balanced ration that meets their nutritional needs."

  4. 83% Lawn Management Through the Seasons
    Source: Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Publications

    "This publication serves as a calendar guide for turf management practices and when to look for pests that can damage turf. Be aware that this guide is based on environmental conditions that occur in a typical growing season. During years in which severe drought, heat, or cold occur for extended periods or at unusual times during the season, some management practices should be delayed until more favorable conditions return."

  5. 82% Weed Management in Turf
    Source: Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Publications

    "The simplest definition of a weed is a plant that grows where it is not wanted. Creeping bentgrass, a turfgrass used on golf courses, is often considered a weed because it is unwanted in Kentucky bluegrass lawns. Weeds are undesirable because they disrupt turf uniformity and compete with desirable grass species for moisture, light, and nutrients. Some weeds are harmful to people because they attract bees, cause skin irritation, or cause poisoning if ingested."

  6. 82% Disease Management in Turf
    Source: Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Publications

    "Disease in turfgrasses, as in other plants, develops from an interaction among a susceptible plant, a disease-producing organism (pathogen), and an environment favorable for disease development. Susceptible grasses and pathogens (usually fungi) are present in all lawns. In most cases, the pathogens exist in a dormant or saprophytic (feeding on dead or decaying substances) state and do not attack living plants. Diseases occur when environmental conditions (weather, management, and / or site conditions) become favorable for the build up of pathogen populations and / or cause an increase in the susceptibility of the plant. When this happens, turfgrass loss can occur."

  7. 82% Growing Turf Under Shaded Conditions
    Source: Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Publications

    "The establishment and management of quality turfgrass under shaded conditions often is possible if the basic requirements for turfgrass growth are known and understood. Trees have extensive root systems (often quite shallow) that enable them to utilize huge amounts of water and nutrients, and they have dense leaves that severely restrict the light intensity under the trees. These three factors - competition for water, nutrients, and light - are the basic causes of turfgrass failure under shaded conditions. Poor drainage also contributes to poor turfgrass development in shaded areas. Poorly drained shaded areas often become infested with moss, which provides additional turfgrass competition."

  8. 58% Turfgrass Seed and Seed Mixtures
    Source: Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Publications

    "One of the most important steps in turfgrass establishment is the selection of high quality seed or a seed mixture that is adapted to the site conditions and intended use of the turf. Poor quality seed may be low in viability and contain weed seeds as well as undesirable grass species. Consequently, the use of poor quality seed may result in unsatisfactory turf establishment, thus, wasted time, effort, and money. Also, If the species in the seed mixture are not adapted to the conditions at the site, the resulting stand may become thin and subject to soil erosion and weed encroachment."

  9. 55% Turfgrass Fertilization: A Basic Guide for Professional Turfgrass Managers [pdf]Get Acrobat Reader
    Source: Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Publications

    "Dollar for dollar, fertilization does more to improve poor-quality turfgrass or to maintain good-quality turfgrass than any other management practice. Proper fertilization practices produce a dense, medium-to dark-green turf that resists pests and environmental stresses."

  10. 55% Developing an Integrated Turfgrass Pest Management Program
    Source: Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Publications

    "Turfgrasses, like all other plants, are subject to the ravages of pests. A turfgrass pest can be defined as any organism causing a measurable deterioration in the aesthetic or functional value of a turf."

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