- Agriculture, Forestry & Soils
- Field crops, grasses, plant fibers, spices, tree crops, herbs
- Lawn and turf grasses
Lawn and turf grasses
Schery, Robert W. Lawn Institute, Maryville, Ohio.
- Modern turf grasses
- Turf-grass management
- Pest control
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Grasses that were once almost exclusively for pasture and meadow and now furnish ground cover for lawns, sports fields, industrial parks, and roadsides. Lawn and turf grasses have functional and esthetic purposes. The acreage of mowed turf grass (often spelled turfgrass) [Fig. 1] in the United States is reckoned in the tens of millions; in many locations, the turf-grass industry ranks among the top two or three “agricultural” pursuits. The same species important for grazing are also important for lawns. Grass is well adapted to repeated defoliation (grazing or mowing) because its meristem or growing point is basal; as such, only foliage tip growth is typically sacrificed. See also: Grass crops; Horticultural crops
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