Good Reading

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by SpartanBill, May 25, 2008.

  1. SpartanBill

    SpartanBill LawnSite Member
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    I'm looking for some good reference books for turf management. Both organic and general cultural practices. What do you keep on your desk to answer those tough questions.

    Bill :waving:
     
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    IMHO, you should be looking for books on soil and water management, not "turf" management. The only books I have that cover turf are biotic and abiotic diagnostic guides, everything else I have on turf can be found online for free.
     
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Relating cultural practices and water management to turf is one thing, but Kiril is right soil is soil. Whether turf or tomatoes your principle interest here is soil.

    The biggest problem with 'good reading' about turf is that so much of it nowadays is contradictory and your own experience is all you can really trust. Common sense is good too :)
     
  4. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
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    Rodale's book on organic lawn care is very informative.
     
  5. Organic a go go

    Organic a go go LawnSite Member
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    Along the lines of what Kiril said I often refer back to the Soil Primer from Acres USA even though its very specific to Ag production. Soul of the Soil, of course Teaming With Microbes.
     
  6. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I got one, its simple and user freindly, GOOGLE.
     
  7. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
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    Teaming With Microbes
     
  8. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    shin dong loas, hope i spelled it correctly it was written about 5000 years BP and it is organics at its purist, this fad is not new, people have been doing organics for thousands of years. we have been tricked into using bomb explosives by war profiteer's. break the cycle and get back to nature before we all poison our world. unless we have a new home some where else, hell does not count
     
  9. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Bill,

    http://soils.usda.gov/use/urban/primer.html

    http://soils.usda.gov/sqi/concepts/soil_biology/biology.html

    www.organiclandcare.net look for the standards for organic land care it is a free download.

    Paul Tukey's book a guide to organic lawn care is a boring read but a good reference book

    Paul Sach's up at North country organics has written several books and is a trusted adviser http://www.norganics.com/

    Another for new development and general advice on soils is the sustainable sites initiative, http://www.sustainablesites.org/report.html

    Keep us informed on how things are going

    I am sure there 100's more that I have not read but the USDA is an excellent source, the soil biology book has been out since the late 90's, recently updated, and is very informative
     
  10. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    hey Bill's back yeah, whats new, anything???
     

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