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.
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.