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Material Type:Book
Monographic Author(s):Dickinson, Lawrence S.
Author Affiliation:Assistant Professor, Horticulture, Massachusetts Agricultural College
Monograph Title:The Lawn: The Culture of Turf in Park, Golfing and Home Areas, 1930.
# of Pages:140
Publishing Information:New York, New York; London, England: Orange Judd Publishing Company, Inc.; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., LTD.
Collation:ii, [2], iii-vii, [1], 9-14, [2], 15-32, [2], 33-48, [2], 49-80, [2], 81-96, [2], 97-128 pp.
Series:Farm and Garden Library
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Parks; Golf courses; Lawn turf; Seeds; Planting; Fertilizers; Cemeteries; Mowing; Stolons; Pest control
Abstract/Contents:Includes: Illustrations; The General View; Molding the Lawn; Preparation of the Seed Bed; Seed Selection and Planting; Important Turf Plants; Planting a Lawn With Stolons; Fertilizing; Controlling Pests; General Maintenance; Lawn Mowers; Park Turf; Cemetery Turf; Useful Tables; and Acknowledgement.
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See Also:See also 2nd, revised edition, 1932, R=277. R=277
Note:Includes index; pp. 127-128
Cover and Spine title: The Lawn
Pictures, b/w
Annotation from Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf, by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard:"This book is a must for collectors of historical turfgrass books as the author was one of the earliest college teachers on the subject of turfgrasses and their culture. It is a small book on the basics of turfgrass establishment and culture that was widely used in its time. It is a relatively rare book. This is one of the first turfgrass books to include a chapter on maintenance of cemeteries. It contains 10 pages of tables in the back. Lawrence Dickinson noted that 23 different grass species and one legume were being sold in lawn seed mixtures in 1930. The chapter subject titles include the following:

I. The General View
II. Molding the Lawn
III. Preparation of the Seed Bed
IV. Seed Selection and Planting
V. Important Turf Plants
VI. Planting a Lawn with Stolons
VII. Fertilizing
VIII. Controlling Pests
IX. General Maintenance
X. Lawn Mowers
XI. Park Turf
XII. Cemetery Turf
XIII. Useful Tables

Dickinson described the status of cemetery turfgrasses in 1930 as follows:

A cemetery turf is the least worked of any public or semi-public turf. With the exception of Memorial Day, traffic is very light, and it is never violent. Few divots are taken and it is seldom disturbed except for a new interment. Yet with so little use cemetery turf is not as a rule good, and like the park turf the main reason for failure is too close clipping and too little fertilizer or wrong fertilization. The old time cemeteries and those of the 90s present a real problem because they are usually situated on thin worn out sandy soil, overlying a gravel subsoil, and exposed to wind and the sun rays. In addition many have the lots raised from eight inches to a foot above the drives and paths, and are maintained with small endowments or smaller municipal appropriations. The sites for the more modern cemeteries were chosen because of their landscape beauty and appropriateness for the dignified and religious atmosphere. These cemeteries have reasonably good soil, trees to break the drying winds and are void of raised lots or graves. The endowments are sufficient for a good standard of maintenance." p. 211-212
Beard Section Heading:Bibliography of books/monographs on turfgrass culture
Beard Rarity Statement:Relatively 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.
See Also:Other items relating to: Classic Reads in Turf
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Dickinson, Lawrence S. 1930. The Lawn: The Culture of Turf in Park, Golfing and Home Areas. ii, [2], iii-vii, [1], 9-14, [2], 15-32, [2], 33-48, [2], 49-80, [2], 81-96, [2], 97-128 pp. New York, New York; London, England: Orange Judd Publishing Company, Inc.; Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., LTD.
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