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Optimal topdressing applications for athletic fields determined
Date:6/22/2011

epeated on the same experimental plots. A total topdressing depth of 1.0 inch applied over a 2-year period provided the optimum resultsa combination of turfgrass cover, shoot density, and divot resistance.

Results of the experiments suggested that the 0.5-inch topdressing depth applied over a 5-week period in the summer will provide improved shoot density and surface shear strength in the subsequent fall. The research also indicated that topdressing rates as thick as 4.0 inches accumulated over a 2-year period will provide increased shoot density, but will diminish surface shear strength. The outcomes support previous findings suggesting that overall turfgrass strength will increase as a turfgrass system matures.


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Contact: Michael W. Neff
mwneff@ashs.org
703-836-4606
American Society for Horticultural Science
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