Category: Environment

Environment or context of turfgrass is the surrounding conditions, the natural environment, human cultural landscape, and people and animals that use the landscape. While turfgrass management is specific periodic practices such as mowing, fertilization, and irrigation, there are external factors that may not be controllable but should be considered. Regional climate and microclimate factors such as shade of trees, soil type, wind, salt spray, and traffic must be considered in the planting and establishment of a turfgrass species and cultivar. Establishment of turfgrass involves a long-term commitment that may require site modification and other steps in orderly sequence starting with an objective and design for growing turf in contrast to other vegetation groupings such as groundcover. The success and suitability, or failure, of turfgrasses depends on site conditions, soil modification, and one-time design and construction decisions, including whether to use turfgrass or alternative vegetation such as groundcovers. Turfgrass exists in a human cultural context so it is interesting to consider historically how turfgrass became used and developed as a common element in some but not all societies.

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Help Yellow Sod

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schweetie80 – posted 13 May 2005 12:57 I laid new sod 6 days ago. I tilled and added fertiizer to the soil. I made sure the grass was flush to the ground. I water...

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Need help

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Reggie – posted 07 May 2005 07:12 I recently bought a house on 1 acre. The front yard is Bermuda grass, and the back yard was sodded in Bermuda grass about 30 feet out...

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I need serious help with new sod

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Elam – posted 03 May 2005 15:39 Fescue in Atlanta. We put down new sod Saturday. The sod looked fine. We watered it and all was well. Now, there are 2 spots in the...

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Questions about new sod

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GA girl – posted 02 May 2005 06:29 I live in Atlanta. We just laid fescue. The guy who delivered it said to water it for an inch and a half for the 1st...

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Lawn leveling

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Proper lawn leveling needs the right tool.  Preparing to plant St. Augustinegrass plugs, my first thought was to buy a “landscaper rake.” But after checking the price and realizing I would use it only...

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Best Sod for Dogs

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pyro – posted 19 February 2012 10:32 Last spring i re-sodded my front yard with Empire Zoysia and love it. The issue I am having now is it is time to re-sod my backyard...

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Overwatered sod

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Laurie – posted 11 October 2010 10:25 I’ve overwatered my sod that was installed this past July. The roots have started to rot in places. Have I permanently damaged my lawn or can I...