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Creeping bentgrass is considered the premier turfgrass species grown on golf courses, and there is a growing demand for an understanding of its maintenance and management practices. Still the only comprehensive reference on the subject, Creeping Bentgrass Management, Second Edition helps you identify the factors that contribute to summer bentgrass decline and guides you in selecting the best approaches for stress and pest management. This full-color book delves into all aspects of modern approaches to creeping bentgrass management on golf courses. It describes the nature of mechanical, physiological, and environmental stresses and how they influence growth and management of creeping bentgrass.
Creeping Bentgrass Management, Second Edition covers the selection of creeping bentgrass cultivars; cultural practices, including mowing, irrigation, and topdressing; the deleterious effects of organic and inorganic layers in golf greens; and ways to limit injury due to mechanical or physical stresses. It also discusses recent advances in the management of selected diseases and soil-related maladies of creeping bentgrass-from Pythium-incited root dysfunction to dollar spot, yellow tuft, and blue-green algae. The focus is on common disease symptoms, predisposing conditions, hosts, and cultural and chemical management strategies. Advances in biological disease control are also reviewed.
Creeping Bentgrass Management, Second Edition offers practical guidance in selecting and using fungicides, herbicides, and plant growth regulators. It also discusses the use of non-selective herbicides and fumigants for the renovation of creeping bentgrass and outlines strategies for dealing with selected invertebrate pests. Throughout, color photographs help you identify diseases and stresses that may be affecting your own golf course. Fully revised and updated, this second edition of a bestseller features three new chapters, new photographs, and expanded information about diseases. Drawing on the author's more than thirty years of experience and research, it brings together a wealth of information on how to optimize creeping bentgrass health and performance.
What's New in This Edition
- Three new chapters, covering the nature of fungicides, abiotic maladies, and selected invertebrate pests
- An expanded section on disease-double the length of the first edition
- Updated chapters that reflect the latest developments in creeping bentgrass management
- More extensive discussion of annual bluegrass problems and their management
- More than 100 new photos
- Tips from Dr. Dernoeden
The Nature of Summer Stresses Wilt and Drought Stress Heat Stress Soil Temperature and Rooting Wet Soils in Summer Wet Organic Layers Dry Organic Layers Sand-Soil Layers Shade and Poor Air Circulation Prolonged Overcast Weather Cultural Practices for Summer Stress Management Creeping Bentgrass Cultivars Mowing Scalping and Puffy Greens Grain and Grooming Thatch and Mat Layers Topdressing Coring and Other Aeration Practices Vertical Cutting Rolling Irrigation Practices Summer Fertilization and Soil pH Surface and Subsurface Drainage Common Pesticide Injuries Selected Biotic and Abiotic Maladies of Bentgrass Red or Purple Golf Greens in Winter and Spring Summer Bentgrass Decline Some Causes for Yellow Spots, Speckles, Patches, or Generally Chlorotic Creeping Bentgrass Bentgrass Collar Decline Black-Layer Etiolated Tiller Syndrome Acidovorax Disease Senectopathic Disorders Yellow Spot Selected Creeping Bentgrass Diseases and Pathogens Pythium-Induced Root Dysfunction Yellow Tuft Anthracnose Basal Rot and Foliar Blight Take-All Patch Dollar Spot Rhizoctonia Diseases Pythium Blight Summer Patch Dead Spot Fairy Ring Superficial Fairy Ring Localized Dry Spot or Dry Patch Plant-Parasitic Nematodes Biological Approaches to Turf Disease Management Organic Fertilizers and Amendments Microbial Activity in Sand-Based Rootzones Biological Inoculants Genetic Transformation Understanding Modern Turf Fungicides Factors Governing Fungicide Use Decisions Fungicide Mobility in Plants Chemical Groups and Modes of Action Evolution in the Use of Turf Fungicides Fungicides of Microbial Origin Fungicide-Induced Resistance Resistance Management Other Nontarget Effects of Fungicides Environmental Fate of Fungicides Tank-Mixing Fungicides and Synergism Fungicide Application Herbicides for Creeping Bentgrass Crabgrass and Goosegrass Control Broadleaf Weed Control Annual Bluegrass (Poa Annua) Control Bacterial Wilt and Other Diseases Specific to Annual Bluegrass Yellow and Purple Nutsedge and Kyllinga Control in Creeping Bentgrass Dealing With Soil Residues of Preemergence and Other Herbicides Controlling Primitive Plants: Blue-Green Algae and Moss Use of Plant Growth Regulators on Creeping Bentgrass Annual Bluegrass Suppression and Maintenance with Plant Growth Regulators Annual Bluegrass Seedhead Suppression Renovation Greens Renovation with Fumigants Fairway Renovation with Herbicides and Plant Growth Regulators Selected Invertebrate Pests Annual Bluegrass Weevils Turfgrass Ants Black Cutworms Sod and Subterranean Webworms Cicada Killer or Sand Wasps Earthworms Index Chapters include a summary and bibliography.
Peter H. Dernoeden is a Professor of Turfgrass Science in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland.