200-9 Planting Method Affects the Establishment Quality of Sports Turf.

See more from this Division: C05 Turfgrass Science
See more from this Session: Graduate Student Poster Competition: Turf Establishment, Cultural Practices and Pest Management
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Long Beach Convention Center, Exhibit Hall BC, Lower Level
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Joshua Anderson1, Douglas Karcher1, Michael Richardson1 and Aaron Patton2, (1)University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
(2)316 Plant Sciences Building, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
When establishing sports turf from sod, the soil brought in with sod often does not match the existing root zone material, and can create a problematic layer in the soil profile. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of establishment method and soil type on the rooting, turf quality, and soil physical properties of a sports field.   Standard sod, washed sod, and pre-harvest aerified sod and sprigs were established on sand-based and native soil areas.  Preliminary results have indicated differences in soil types with regard to root length and rooting strength.  Pre-harvest aerified sod had greater rooting strength and deeper roots in the native soil root zone, while washed sod had greater rooting strength and deeper roots in the sand-capped root zone.