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Author(s):Li, Deying
Author Affiliation:Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota
Title:Comparison of thermal properties, water use and environmental impact of natural grass and artificial turf
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Source:TurfNews [TPI]. Vol. 31, No. 3, May/June 2008, p. 50, 52, 54.
# of Pages:3
Publishing Information:Rolling Meadows, IL: Turfgrass Producers International
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Thermal properties; Environmental effects; Natural versus artificial turf; Water use; Soil temperature; Evapotranspiration; Surface temperature; Soil moisture; Environmental factors
Turfgrass Producers International Keywords: Turfgrass environmental benefits
Abstract/Contents:States that "knowing that soil temperature regime is affected by thermal properties and that thermal properties are affected by soil types and water content, [one] can manage soil temperatures accordingly." Details a project conducted to "provide scientific evidence to this not well understood fact." Mentions that "artificial turf clearly showed higher surface temperatures and longer durations of high temperatures, compared with natural turf during the first growing season in 2007." Explains that "the moisture levels of artificial turfs at 15-cm [centimeters] depth were either about the same or higher than that of the natural turfgrasses indicating that the lower thermal diffusivity at top 5-cm layer is more important for the heat dissipation." Reports that "in addition to irrigation, selection of soil textures (relative amount of sand, silt, clay and organic matter) and managing soil structures and thatch levels (aeration, fertilization, topdressing and mowing) are also useful tools to regulate soil temperatures."
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See Also:Other items relating to: Artificial vs. Natural Turf Surfaces
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Li, D. 2008. Comparison of thermal properties, water use and environmental impact of natural grass and artificial turf. TurfNews. 31(3):p. 50, 52, 54.
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