Ecological Golf Course Management / Edition 1

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Ecological Golf Course Management is the most comprehensive work ever done on ecological turf management. It's a must-have for any golf course superintendent, sports field manager, or turf professional interested in reducing or eliminating chemical pesticide use.

Ecological Golf Course Management focuses on managing the health and welfare of all soil organisms from a single-celled bacterium to fully developed turf plants and connects the reader to the important and relevant interactions between them. It points out ways to exploit natural plant defense systems that have been largely ignored and to engage many of the powerful allies that live above and below ground.

Ecological Golf Course Management explores in detail the many aspects of:
* Biological and botanical pest control
* Plant stress management
* Compost production and use
* Natural disease suppressants
* Biological fertility management
* Soil, leaf tissue, and water analysis
* The ecological impact of conventional pesticides and cultural practices

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For golf course superintendents, sports field managers, and turf professionals, this resource suggests green maintenance methods that dramatically reduce the need for pesticides and other chemicals. Topics covered include biological and botanical pest controls, plant stress management, compost production and use, natural disease suppressants, biological fertility management, soil and water analysis, and the ecological impact of conventional pesticides and cultural practices. Sachs is founder and owner of a manufacturer and supplier of natural fertilizers and environmentally compatible pest controls. He has written three books and many journals articles. Luff is general manager of a golf course that has been maintained ecologically since 1962. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575041544
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Sachs is the founder and owner of North Country Organics, aBradford, Vermont based manufacturer and supplier of naturalfertilizers, soil amendments, and environmentally compatible pestcontrols.
Paul has studied natural soil system dynamics for over 18 years andis considered one of the foremost authorities in the country onorganic land care. He has written three books, hundreds of articlesfor trade journals, and speaks regularly at association conferencesfor professionals involved in both agriculture and horticulture. Hehas served as a member of the Technical Advisory Panel for theNational Organics Standards Board of the United States Departmentof Agriculture. He also works as a consultant for a highlydiversified group of clients. In 1993 he completed work on hisfirst book entitled EDAPHOS: Dynamics of a Natural Soil System, in1996 finished his second book, entitled Handbook of $uccessfulEcological Lawn Care, and in 1999 he completed a second edition ofEDAPHOS: Dynamics of a Natural Soil System.

Richard Luff is former superintendent and presently general managerof the Sagamore Hampton Golf Club, a course that has beenmaintained ecologically since 1962. He is intimately familiar withecological maintenance procedures on the golf course and hassuccessfully controlled most turfgrass pests biologically,botanically, or with cultural practices. His familiarity with golfcourse construction and maintenance dates back three generations.His father, R. DeWitt Luff, introduced him to ecologicalmaintenance procedures as an adolescent. Richard also is aconsultant for other courses that are trying to reduce or eliminatepesticide.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Soil Ecosystem.

Chapter 2. Fertility.

Chapter 3. Compost.

Chapter 4. Analysis.

Chapter 5. Pests.

Chapter 6. Cultural Practices.

Chapter 7. Taking Responsibility.


Sources and Resources.


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