Recommend a good book about lawns

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by aira$$ault, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. aira$$ault

    aira$$ault LawnSite Member
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    Hi all,
    I'm planning to start a lawn care business in the spring, as I've said in many other posts. After lurking on the forum for a while, I've learned a whole lot about the business. However, I feel like I'm lacking in the horticulture department. I'm a professional engineer, so it's not in my background.
    It seems like I need a knowledge base in order to understand most of the discussion in this forum, in regards to the technical aspects of building and maintaining a healthy lawn. Seems to me a good start would be a book. Can anyone recommend a book that would fill me in on how to build and maintain a healthy lawn ? I need to know about soil, chemicals, fertilizer, aerating, watering, weeds, etc.
  2. rustystarretts

    rustystarretts LawnSite Member
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    The Organic Lawn Care Manual (Paperback)
    ~ Paul Tukey (Author) .... easily $14.00 well spent!:usflag:
  3. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
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    Paul Sachs has authored some good books as well
  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,338

    Lawn Geek by Trey Rogers, published about 2006.
    All about Lawns, by Ortho
    Turfgrass, Science and Culture by James Beard, a textbook, big bucks; its the best. 672 pages.

    BIOGRASS LawnSite Member
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    I personally think Christians is a good read check out Fundamentals of Turfgrass Management
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    i had the one by Beard as a text book in college , good book but was outdated a bit then, hopfully it has been updated.

    BIOGRASS LawnSite Member
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    I think it is still outdated... Not aware of any updates, I would love to read a newer version.
  8. HawkinsBros

    HawkinsBros LawnSite Member
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    You're not a professional engineer.
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not only that... there's no horticulture in NM.
  10. aira$$ault

    aira$$ault LawnSite Member
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    What does that mean ?

    Horticulture is the industry and science of plant cultivation including the process of preparing soil for the planting of seeds, tubers, or cuttings.[

    Yeah, no horticulture in NM, makes sense.

    HawkinsBros is my smartass brother. If I'm not an engineer, I'm OK with that, as long as the people who send my paycheck don't mind.

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