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on 8 July 2008
As a keen gardener with a lawn I found this well written book filled a gap between very expensive reference texts and books such as "The Lawn Expert", although it is closer in quality to the reference. So although it has been written with turf specialists in mind it deserves to find a wider audience in the general public. There is clearly a balance for the professional to strike in fertilizer use with either semi-raw chemicals, which are cheap, or a synthetic branded type which may be expensive but has the merit of slow release and good performance, which is discussed in the chapter on fertilizers. For a single garden the synthetic route is much easier but it does cost. For those of organic bent the merit of leaving clippings back on the grass is discussed as it will certainly reduce fertilizer use.
Since companies now offer lawn care with scarifiers and aerators it is as well to know what and why they are doing to your lawn if you should decide to hire such a company and this book answers that. It is also very useful in descriptions of machinery used which we see both in the garden and also on a larger scale for sports turf management, so I recommend it for students as well. I am keeping back one star because in the slightly over concise opening chapter on grasses a labelled magnified set of photos to specifically apply to the "Quick Key to Turfgrass" to help in Taxonomy and identification would have been the icing on the cake.
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on 16 July 2011
I used this book to help me decide what implements to purchase for our compact tractor to care for our horse hay fields. It also helped my understanding of turf management generally. I dip in and out of this book as I need to which for me demonstrates its worth.
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on 31 December 2013
This is an invaluable book for all groundsmen and gardeners. Although it is primarily intended for people who look after sports turf, there is plenty of useful information for anyone who just wants to improve the quality of their lawn. Just the odd minor niggle - there are a number of misprints, particularly of chemical formulae in the chapter on fertilisers. But apart from these, a perfect book.
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on 28 March 2014
Very informative book if you are a beginner you will learn a bit but you may also get confused a bit as they is a lot of information on how the soil make up and how it works. But is very good.

Down side to this book is lack of pictures to common weeds which may be more helpful for beginners.
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on 5 August 2013
My son is doing an NVQ level 3 in this subject and wanted a couple of books to be able to consult. This (he says) meets his needs and he is very pleased with how informative, well laid out and accessible the information is in it.
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on 6 January 2015
a must for those in the trade, as it will look good on your shelf, and great for putting hot cups of tea on :-)
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on 19 December 2014
A very good general book.
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on 11 December 2014
Very detailed
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