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Material Type:Book
Monographic Author(s):Musser, H. Burton
Author Affiliation:Professor of Agronomy, The School of Agriculture, Pennsylvania State University
Monograph Title:Turf Management, 1950.
# of Pages:364
Publishing Information:New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.
Collation:x, 354 pp.
Evaluative Review:Appears in The Journal of the Board of Greenkeeping Research, 7(26) 1950, p. 400-401
appears in Southern California Turfgrass Culture, January, 1951, 1(1), p. 3.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Golf courses; Golf course maintenance; Environmental factors; Climatic factors; Soil management; Physical properties of soil; Soil water; Organic matter; Chemical properties of soil; Soil acidity; Nutrient availability; Soil testing; Fertilizers; Fertilizer types; NPK ratio; Fertilization; Liming; Drainage; Irrigation; Irrigation systems; Irrigation rates; Golf course drainage; Golf course irrigation; Choice of species; Turfgrass profile; Propagation; Seeding; Sodding; Establishment; Golf green maintenance; Apron; Golf fairway maintenance; Golf tee maintenance; Golf rough maintenance; Weed control; Cultural control; Herbicides; Disease profile; Disease control; Fungal diseases; Insect pests; Pest control; Insect control; Insecticides; Insecticide profile; Pest profile; Golf course design; Design factors; Golf greens; Golf fairways; Business management; Golf course budgets; Records
Abstract/Contents:Includes: Preface; Broad Relationships in the Production of Special-Purpose Turf; Soil and Turf Relationships; Fertilizers and Lime in Turf Production; Drainage and Irrigation; Special-Purpose Turf Grasses; Turf Propagation; Turf Maintenance; Weed Control; Turf Diseases and Related Damage; Control of Insects and Other Pests; Elements of Golf-Course Design; Golf-Course Operation; Appendix; and Index.
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Subject Headings:
Golf courses -- Design and construction; Golf courses -- Maintenance; Lawns; Grasses; Turf management; Grounds maintenance; turf -- grass, lawns
See Also:See also 1962 revised edition, R=207. R=207
Note:"A Publication of the United States Golf Association"
Includes "Foreword" by James D. Standish, Jr., President, United States Golf Association; pp. ix-x
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Pictures, b/w
Annotation from Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf, by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard:"A book that addresses the fundamentals of turfgrass establishment and culture within the frame work of a how-to approach. Although oriented to golf courses, it served as the standard reference source on turfgrass in North America for two decades. The foreword is by James D. Standish Jr. There is a chapter on golf course architecture written by Robert Bruce Harris and Robert Trent Jones. It also contains a chapter on golf course operations written by Marshall E. Farnham, a golf course superintendent, in collaboration with superintendents T.M. Baumgartner, Ray Gerber, W.H. Glover, and E.W. van Gorder. Members of the Editorial Board were Fred V. Grau, Marshall E. Farnham, Herb Graffis, and O.J. Noer. The book was sponsored by the United States Golf Association, as was an earlier book by Drs. C.V. Piper and Russell Oakley (1917) and later books by Dr. Jim Beard (1982 and 2002). There is an extensive appendix. This book is a must for collectors of historical turfgrass books. The advances in equipment for turfgrass maintenance were reviewed in 1950 by Professor Musser:

Both the art and science of turf management have developed rapidly during the last three decades. Among the factors primarily responsible for this development are an increased interest in the broad uses of special-purpose turf and the beginnings of a realization of the magnitude of the services which it involves. The art of growing grass has made particularly rapid strides. This is perhaps best evidenced in the field of laborsaving equipment. The power shovel and bulldozer have replaced the horse-drawn scoop and pick and shovel in construction operations. The nine-gang tractor-drawn mower, cutting a swath of approximately 20 ft. at a speed of 6 to 8 miles per hour, has solved the clipping problem. Pop-up irrigation systems which will water large areas of the course by the turn of a single valve are becoming increasingly common, and high-pressure sprayers have completely replaced the sprinkling can and gravity-flow barrel. These, and similar developments in many other fields, emphasize the progress which has been made." p. 293-294
Beard Section Heading:Bibliography of books/monographs on turfgrass culture
Annotation from
Golf Course Design,
by Geoffrey S. Cornish and Michael J. Hurdzan:
"A publication of the USGA with contributions from superintendents. A final section in the First Edition, authored by Robert Bruce Harris, ASGCA, and Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, is specific to course design. Musser's work was the first book on turfgrass science published in America following World War II and is a landmark. Written as a general text, it nevertheless provides the information that turfgrass managers seek." p. 121
Cornish & Hurdzan Ratings:D3; C2; M4; H5
See Also:Other items relating to: Classic Reads in Turf
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Musser, H. Burton. 1950. Turf Management. x, 354 pp. New York, New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.
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