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2nd Edition

Creeping Bentgrass Management

ISBN 9781466509924
Published June 4, 2012 by CRC Press
378 Pages 201 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Creeping bentgrass is considered the premier turfgrass species grown on golf courses, and there is a growing demand for an understanding of its maintenance and management practices. Still the only comprehensive reference on the subject, Creeping Bentgrass Management, Second Edition helps you identify the factors that contribute to summer bentgrass decline and guides you in selecting the best approaches for stress and pest management.

This full-color book delves into all aspects of modern approaches to creeping bentgrass management on golf courses. It describes the nature of mechanical, physiological, and environmental stresses and how they influence growth and management of creeping bentgrass. The book covers the selection of creeping bentgrass cultivars; cultural practices, including mowing, irrigation, and topdressing; the deleterious effects of organic and inorganic layers in golf greens; and ways to limit injury due to mechanical or physical stresses. It also discusses recent advances in the management of selected diseases and soil-related maladies of creeping bentgrass—from Pythium-incited root dysfunction to dollar spot, yellow tuft, and blue-green algae. The focus is on common disease symptoms, predisposing conditions, hosts, and cultural and chemical management strategies. Advances in biological disease control are also reviewed.

The book offers practical guidance in selecting and using fungicides, herbicides, and plant growth regulators. It also discusses the use of non-selective herbicides and fumigants for the renovation of creeping bentgrass and outlines strategies for dealing with selected invertebrate pests. Throughout, color photographs help you identify diseases and stresses that may be affecting your own golf course.

Fully revised and updated, this second edition of a bestseller features three new chapters, new photographs, and expanded information about diseases. Drawing on the author’s more than thirty years of experience and research, it brings together a wealth of information on how to optimize creeping bentgrass health and performance.

What’s New in This Edition

  • Three new chapters, covering the nature of fungicides, abiotic maladies, and selected invertebrate pests
  • An expanded section on disease—double the length of the first edition
  • Updated chapters that reflect the latest developments in creeping bentgrass management
  • More extensive discussion of annual bluegrass problems and their management
  • More than 100 new photos

Tips from Dr. Dernoeden

Watch these videos to get Dr. Dernoeden’s tips on how to control dollar spot disease and crabgrass and how to identify fairy ring.

Table of Contents

The Nature of Summer Stresses
Wilt and Drought Stress
Heat Stress
Soil Temperature and Rooting
Wet Soils in Summer
Wet Organic Layers
Dry Organic Layers
Sand–Soil Layers
Shade and Poor Air Circulation
Prolonged Overcast Weather

Cultural Practices for Summer Stress Management
Creeping Bentgrass Cultivars
Scalping and Puffy Greens
Grain and Grooming
Thatch and Mat Layers
Coring and Other Aeration Practices
Vertical Cutting
Irrigation Practices
Summer Fertilization and Soil pH
Surface and Subsurface Drainage
Common Pesticide Injuries

Selected Biotic and Abiotic Maladies of Bentgrass
Red or Purple Golf Greens in Winter and Spring
Summer Bentgrass Decline
Some Causes for Yellow Spots, Speckles, Patches, or Generally Chlorotic Creeping Bentgrass
Bentgrass Collar Decline
Etiolated Tiller Syndrome
Acidovorax Disease
Senectopathic Disorders
Yellow Spot

Selected Creeping Bentgrass Diseases and Pathogens
Pythium-Induced Root Dysfunction
Yellow Tuft
Anthracnose Basal Rot and Foliar Blight
Take-All Patch
Dollar Spot
Rhizoctonia Diseases
Pythium Blight
Summer Patch
Dead Spot
Fairy Ring
Superficial Fairy Ring
Localized Dry Spot or Dry Patch
Plant-Parasitic Nematodes

Biological Approaches to Turf Disease Management
Organic Fertilizers and Amendments
Microbial Activity in Sand-Based Rootzones
Biological Inoculants
Genetic Transformation

Understanding Modern Turf Fungicides
Factors Governing Fungicide Use Decisions
Fungicide Mobility in Plants
Chemical Groups and Modes of Action
Evolution in the Use of Turf Fungicides
Fungicides of Microbial Origin
Fungicide-Induced Resistance
Resistance Management
Other Nontarget Effects of Fungicides
Environmental Fate of Fungicides
Tank-Mixing Fungicides and Synergism
Fungicide Application

Herbicides for Creeping Bentgrass
Crabgrass and Goosegrass Control
Broadleaf Weed Control
Annual Bluegrass (Poa Annua) Control
Bacterial Wilt and Other Diseases Specific to Annual Bluegrass
Yellow and Purple Nutsedge and Kyllinga Control in Creeping Bentgrass
Dealing With Soil Residues of Preemergence and Other Herbicides
Controlling Primitive Plants: Blue-Green Algae and Moss

Use of Plant Growth Regulators on Creeping Bentgrass
Annual Bluegrass Suppression and Maintenance with Plant Growth Regulators
Annual Bluegrass Seedhead Suppression

Greens Renovation with Fumigants
Fairway Renovation with Herbicides and Plant Growth Regulators

Selected Invertebrate Pests
Annual Bluegrass Weevils
Turfgrass Ants
Black Cutworms
Sod and Subterranean Webworms
Cicada Killer or Sand Wasps


Chapters include a summary and bibliography.

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Peter H. Dernoeden is a Professor of Turfgrass Science in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland.