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The principles of fertilizer use for sports turf

Soil Use & Management 5(3): 122-127

The principles of fertilizer use for sports turf

Fertilizer application to sports turf has a significant effect on the playing characteristics of the surface as well as its aesthetic appearance. Nitrient availability affects leaf and root density, infestation by week species, resistance to fungal pathogens, tolerance to wear, drought and cold in the turf grasses and surface hardness. The increasing use of high sand content, free-draining root zones for sports areas is leading to a larger demand for nitrogen and also to an increased interest in the use of slow-release nitrogen fertilizers. The optimum nutrient application rates are examined, particularly for nitrogen and the direction in which research on fertilization practice should take is considered.

Accession: 001982127

DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-2743.1989.tb00772.x

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