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Material Type:Book
Monographic Author(s):Macself, Albert James
Monograph Title:Grass: A New and Thoroughly Practical Book on Grass for Ornamental Lawns and All Purposes of Sports and Games, 1924.
# of Pages:215
Publishing Information:London: Cecil Palmer
Collation:xi; 204 pp
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Turf; Ornamental grasses; Site preparation; Seeds; Lawn maintenance; Turfgrass establishment; Weed control; Insect pests; Bowling greens; Cricket pitches; Field hockey pitches; Golf courses; Golf greens; Football fields
Dutch Turfgrass Research Foundation Keywords: 208-C; Golf courses; Maintenance; Handbooks; UK; Monograph
Abstract/Contents:Provides information on a broad range of topics that may concern those who work with turf. Includes chapters on: Grass; Soil preparation; Turf; Lawn from seeds; Turf maintenance; Weed control; Insect pest control and Sports pitches.
Dutch Turfgrass
Research Foundation
(Thanks to DTRF)
"All about grass" will take no heed of books, but what of that? There are men, and many of them, who have their livelihood to make from the management of grass, and who are eager for knowledge of a subject to which there is no finality. This book is written for such. Of necessity there is much in these pages that is common knowledge to the experienced; will they please be tolerant for the sake of the novice and the inexperienced; but I venture to hope there may be something of interest and value in my work for all who handle grass.
Library of Congress
Subject Headings:
Grasses; Forage plants; Lawns
Note:Pictures, color
Includes preface, pp. v
Includes index, pp. 201-204
Includes drawings by G. E. Lee
Annotation from Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf, by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard:"A rare, early book that is a must for collectors of historical turfgrass books. It is an elementary book devoted primarily to lawn and sports field establishment and culture under the cool-season turfgrass conditions in England. The chapter subject titles include the following:

I. Grass
II. On the Preliminary Treatment of Soil
III. Further Details Regarding Soil Preparation
IV. Turf
V. Lawn Making from Seeds
VI. The Care of Young Seedling Grass
VII. The Finer Grasses
VIII. A Few Grasses of Lesser Importance
IX. Concerning the Nourishment of Established Grass
X. Mowing, Rolling, and Other Details of Routine Work
XI. Weeds and their Eradication
XII. More Concerning Weeds
XIII. A Few Other Unwelcome Intruders
XIV. Insect Enemies of Grass
XV. Tennis and Croquet Lawns
XVI. Bowling Greens
XVII. Cricket Grounds
XVIII. Football and Hockey Pitches
XIX. Golf Links and
Putting Greens
XX. A Chapter of Miscellanies

It contains numerous botanical drawings of turfgrasses and weeds by G.E. Lee. In 1924, Albert Macself advised on the use of horse boots as follows:

Horse-boots are an essential wherever animals are used on grass, and it is imperative that these shall fit well and be kept in good repair. A badly-fitting or loosely fastened boot may easily cause as much damage as an unshod hoof." p. 275-276
Beard Section Heading:Bibliography of books/monographs on turfgrass culture
Beard Rarity Statement:Rare
Beard Special Note:Identified by James B Beard in Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf (2014) as being old and rare based on his experience.
Annotation from
Golf Course Design,
by Geoffrey S. Cornish and Michael J. Hurdzan:
"Macself wrote several books on turf and lawn care in the mid 1920s; only this one has a chapter on 'Golf Links and Putting Greens'." p. 120
Cornish & Hurdzan Ratings:F1; D1; C1; M2; H2
See Also:Other items relating to: Classic Reads in Turf

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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Macself, Albert James. 1924. Grass: A New and Thoroughly Practical Book on Grass for Ornamental Lawns and All Purposes of Sports and Games. xi; 204 pp. London: Cecil Palmer.
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