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Material Type:Book
Monographic Corporate Author(s):Sutton & Sons
Monograph Title:The Formation of Lawns, Tennis and Cricket Grounds from Seed, 1892.
# of Pages:25
Publishing Information:London, England, United Kingdom: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent
Collation:25 pp.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Lawn turf; Cricket pitches; Tennis courts; Seeding; Drainage; Site preparation; Irrigation; Mowing; Rolling; Weed control; Earthworm castings; Establishment
Abstract/Contents:Includes: Grass Slopes; Drainage; Preparatory Work; Weed Seeds in Soil; Enriching the Soil; Surface Preparation; Selection of Seeds; Fine Grasses and Clovers; Quantity of Seed; Time and Mode of Sowing; Worm Casts; Water and Shade; Bird Scares; Mowing; Rolling; Destruction of Weeds; Improving Old Lawns; and Observations Relating Exclusively to Cricket Grounds.
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Subject Headings:
Lawns
Language:English
References:0
See Also:See also the other 16 editions of this work, search as MCODE=LSPGR in Power Search to isolate these as a set, or: see records related to LSPGR
Note:Cover title: Lawns, Tennis & Cricket Grounds from Seed
Includes "Introduction"; pp. 1-2
Includes advertisements; pp. 20-22
Annotation from Turfgrass History and Literature: Lawns, Sports, and Golf, by James B Beard, Harriet J. Beard and James C Beard:"This is a special, truly rare publication that is a must for collectors of historical turfgrass books, as is the entire series of revised editions. It is the first known publication of more than 20 pages that is devoted entirely to turfgrass concerns. Section titles for the 1892 booklet include the following:

- Grass Slopes
- Drainage
- Preparatory Work
- Weed Seeds in Soil
- Enriching the Soil
- Surface Preparation
- Selection of Seeds
- Fine Grasses and Clovers
- Quantity of Seed
- Time and Mode of Sowing
- Worm Casts
- Water and Shade
- Bird Scares
- Mowing
- Rolling
- Destruction of Weeds
- Improving Old Lawns
- Observations Relating Exclusively to Cricket Grounds


This small pioneering booklet is devoted to information regarding turfgrass establishment and culture of lawns and tennis courts, with a short section on cricket grounds. Note the emphasis placed on worm casts and bird scars. It also is interesting to note the early focus on turfgrass surfaces for tennis and cricket. The introduction to this pioneering publication was as follows:

A CLOSE AND VERDANT LAWN is a beautiful object in itself, and it enhances the charm of every flower, shrub, and tree in the garden. The popularity of tennis and bowls has made a piece of turf almost indispensable to every residence where a court or bowling green can be secured. It is not our business, however, to dwell on the pleasure to be derived from lawns, nor on their influence in the promotion of healthy enjoyment. We have merely to consider the best and least expensive means of creating them." p. 349-350
Beard Section Heading:Bibliography of books/monographs on turfgrass culture
Beard Rarity Statement:Truly 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):
Sutton & Sons. 1892. The Formation of Lawns, Tennis and Cricket Grounds from Seed. 25 pp. London, England, United Kingdom: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent.
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