What's the best lawn bible??

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by bobcat175, May 22, 2005.

  1. bobcat175

    bobcat175 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looking for the end all publication on lawn care/maintenance.
    Not looking for a sales book that just advertises products (scotts, ortho, etc....)

    Anybody have any recommendations??
     
  2. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
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  3. Grass Masters

    Grass Masters LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 85

    Theres isnt one out there

    EVERY climate and town is diffrent

    Everyone has worked hard to see what works and dont work

    What I do as far as fert wont work for the guys in the next state over nor what they do will work for me
     
  4. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Posts: 866

    as grass masters said, there isn't "one"...there are some great reference books out there though, that do cover a wide range of areas. Depending on your skill level, they range from "All about lawns" (a nice basic background for entry levelworkers/homeowners) to Turfgrass Ecology and Management for those of you with a serious fetish for grass! A good set of reference books and website links will take you pretty much any where you want to go.
     
  5. Grass Man

    Grass Man LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 272

    .... So noted and thanks :).
     
  6. bobcat175

    bobcat175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 377

    Just looking for a decent reference book on grass species, insects, disease, seasonal info, watering, fertilizer, etc. I have seen a bunch of these books but they end up recommending their product for a particular solution - ie. grubs -- use Grub-ex. Not looking for a sales book. I want to know what the best herbicide, persticide would be. Like seeing 2,4-D as the recommended solution. Then I can research my options.

    If it doesn't exist then that's fine but I would think that there has to be something that is fairly comprehensive out there. They do teach classes on this stuff so there has to be a decent text book.
     
  7. Grass Masters

    Grass Masters LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 85

    When the books are written most are written for the companys to use as marketing tools your right.

    Let us know what type of grass you are looking for and Ill look in my reference libary to see what I can find.

    In the mean time the best research tool known to man is www.google.com
     
  8. McNeal Lawn

    McNeal Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 61

    "Turfgrass Management" by A.J. Turgeon would be a great choice for a reference bible.
     
  9. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Posts: 866

    there is not an end all, be all, in a book that is an outline for running your business. Agronomy is not taught from a single book in a single class, covering every species of turfgrass and the products for it's care. New innovations and products hit the market every single day from sources as diverse as people themselves. It's a ever growing field of never ending roads to travel. All you can do is keep reading, asking questions and watching the results locally to figure what works best in your situation. This is why people with experience cost more. = )
     
  10. bobcat175

    bobcat175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 377


    Just picked up a used 5th edition of "Turfgrass Management". This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the help.
     

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