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Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada$
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Patricia J. Vittum

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501747953

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501747953.001.0001

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Turfgrass in the Modern Environment

Turfgrass in the Modern Environment

(p.1) 1 Turfgrass in the Modern Environment
(p.iii) Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada

Patricia J. Vittum

Cornell University Press

This chapter provides an overview of turfgrasses. Turfgrass typically refers to an individual plant or species and turf refers to a uniform stand of grass or a mixture of grasses mowed at a relatively low height, usually less than 10 cm and serving various ornamental, recreational, and functional uses. Residential lawns, golf courses, athletic fields, cemeteries, parks, and arboretums all benefit from healthy, lush stands of turf. Many grass species used for turf are also found in pasture, field, and forage production associated with the livestock industry. The chapter then details the structure and climatic adaptations of turfgrasses, and identifies the major turfgrasses in the United States and Canada. It also describes dichondra lawns and considers the relationship between drought dormancy and turfgrass insect damage, as well as the economic impact of turgrass culture.

Keywords:   turfgrasses, turf, grass species, United States, Canada, dichondra lawns, drought dormancy, turfgrass insect damage, turfgrass culture

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