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Managing Healthy Sports FieldsManaging Healthy Sports Fields: A Guide to Using Organic Materials for Low-Maintenance and Chemical-Free Playing Fields
by Paul D. Sachs
Hardcover, January 2004, $70.00

The most complete guide to ecological turf management
Turf managers face growing restrictions on their use of chemical controls by local, regional, state, and in some cases federal regulation or banning. Managing Healthy Sports Fields offers modern turf managers a variety of alternative methods to chemical treatments that effectively control a wide variety of pests, weeds, and diseases. Every alternative method is easily adaptable to existing maintenance programs, regardless of specific field type, climatic zone, or appearance.
The nonchemical control methods presented in this accessible guide promote the safety of people and animals, and don’t jeopardize the sustainability of the land. In addition, every turf manager can implement these strategies without sacrificing the lush, green turf they strive to cultivate. In most cases, these alternative methods have encouraged healthier turf.

Written by an industry leader with nearly two decades of experience, Managing Healthy Sports Fields includes:

  • Maintenance methods for and advice on all sports fields, including soccer, football, baseball, and lacrosse
  • Realistic steps to managing with earth-conscious sensibilities
  • Chemical-free alternatives for soil fertility and pest control
  • Dozens of helpful illustrations and tables

Managing Healthy Sports Fields is an essential volume for managers and superintendents of sports fields and facilities who want to reduce and cease using chemical fertilizers and pesticides while growing high-quality turfgrass.

Ecological Golf Course ManagementEcological Golf Course Management
Paul D. Sachs and Richard T. Luff
Hardcover, 200 pages, $80.00.

The most comprehensive work ever done on ecological turf management. It's a must-have for any superintendent interested in reducing or eliminating chemical pesticide use. It has been said that the only sure things in life are death and taxes but, for golf course superintendents, the requirement to reduce or eliminate pesticides may soon be added to that list. Indeed, for some it is already mandated. Like it or not the environmental movement is gaining momentum and it is not going to go away. Managing golf turf is not an easy task but may soon be daunting if chemical tools are no longer an option. Ecological Golf Course Management addresses the concerns of both the superintendent and the environmentalist. This book approaches quality turf management through an understanding of turf ecosystem dynamics conveyed in easy-to-read text. The turf manager will gain critical knowledge of natural soil system dynamics that has never been discussed in turf books before. This book 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.

The Organic Lawn Care ManualThe Organic Lawn Care Manual
Paul Tukey
Softcover, 195 pages, $19.95

Paul Tukey answers the growing demand for an organic lawn with a comprehensive volume of natural lawn care information. Step by step, he takes readers through the many elements that work together for a healthy, organic lawn. Included in this manual are Weed and Thug ID Guides and helpful advice for lawn keepers making the transition from a synthetic to an organic lawn system. It’s all here. Everything today’s homeowner needs to keep his lawn off drugs, and make it an inviting area for the whole family.

Building A Healthy LawnBuilding A Healthy Lawn: A Safe and Natural Approach
By Stuart Franklin.
Softcover, 168 pages, $14.95

Professional landscaper Stuart Franklin wrote this book in response to numerous customer questions. In clear, direct language, he explains exactly how a lawn grows and how to care for it. He then shows the lawn care professional how to move away from reliance on hazardous chemicals. Included are chapters on mowing, watering, fertilizing, soil building, thatch, equipment selection, seeding, weed control, diseases, and insects. There is a chapter on groundcovers and mulches, because a lawn may not be suitable for every area. This breakthrough book shows how to grow a lawn that is beautiful, safe and neither expensive nor time-consuming to maintain.


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