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The Florida Lawn Handbook

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The Florida Lawn Handbook

Edited by Laurie E. Trenholm and J. Bryan Unruh

Written in practical language by turfgrass experts, this new highly-anticipated edition is completely up-to-date, with the most current lawn management information. Color plates identify various grass types, weeds, diseases, and insects, including those that are good for your lawn! Chapters cover selection, adaptability, establishment, and maintenance for each type of lawn; soil analysis and fertilization; yearly calendars for lawn care and culture; mowing, watering, and calibrating sprinkler systems and fertilizer spreaders; overseeding for winter color; preparing a lawn for drought and low temperatures; weed and thatch control; safe pesticide application and use; the latest integrated pest management strategies; and complete, illustrated diagnostic information for weeds, diseases, insect problems, nematodes, and other pests. Whether you're an amateur or a pro, The Florida Lawn Handbook is an invaluable aid to growing a beautiful, healthy lawn year round.

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Table of Contents

Below you will find the table of contents for The Florida Lawn Handbook. You are also able to follow the links to online publications in EDIS that cover the material where available.

  1. Grasses
  2. Preparation and Establishment
  3. Fertilizing Your Florida Lawn
  4. Cultural Practices for Your Florida Lawn
  5. Pest Management
  6. Environmental Stresses and Your Florida Lawn
    • Stresses
    • Preparing Your Lawn for Drought
    • Low-Temperature Stress
    • Growing Turfgrass in the Shade
    • Traffic Stress
  7. Organic Lawn Care
    • What Is Organic?
    • Organic Fertilizers
    • Compost
    • Humic Substances
    • Organic Pest Control
    • How Do You Know If a Product Will Work?
About the Editors
  • Laurie E. Trenholm heads statewide research and extension programming for the Urban Turfgrass Program for IFAS at the University of Florida. She specializes in Best Management Practices for home lawns, turfgrass stress physiology, and use of seashore paspalum.

    J. Bryan Unruh joined the Faculty at the University of Florida in 1996. He Teaches courses in Turfgrass Culture, Landscape and Turfgrass Management, and Golf and Sports Turf Management. As an extension turfgrass specialist, he conducts extensive turfgrass research/demonstration trials focused on turf management. Unruh frequently speaks about his work in many different venues across the country.
  • Brecke, B. J., weed scientist, University of Florida, WFREC, Jay
  • Buss, E. A., entomologist, University of Florida, IFAS, Gainesville
  • Cisar, J. L., turf specialist, University of Florida, FLREC, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Cox, W. R., environmental manager, FDACS, Tallahassee
  • Crow, W. T., nematologist, University of Florida, IFAS, Gainesville
  • Dunn, R. A., nematologist, University of Florida (retired)
  • Elliott, M. L., plant pathologist, University of Florida, FLREC, Ft. Lauderdale
  • Sartain, J. B., soil scientist, University of Florida, IFAS, Gainesville