Effect of nitrogen fertilization on quality characteristics of four turf mixtures under different wear treatments


Bilgili U. , Acikgoz E.

JOURNAL OF PLANT NUTRITION, vol.30, pp.1139-1152, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01904160701394600
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF PLANT NUTRITION
  • Page Numbers: pp.1139-1152

Abstract

The effect of three nitrogen (N) application regimes on the color, turf quality, cover, and clipping weights of four different sports type mixtures were evaluated under different wear frequencies for three years in an irrigated field. Nitrogen was applied monthly at rates of low (2.5 g N m(-2)), medium (5.0 g N m(-2)), and high (7.5 g N m(-2)). The turf mixtures were subjected to four different wear treatments at frequencies of zero (control), once per week, once biweekly, and once per month for approximately eight months each experimental year. Wear treatments reduced turf color and quality, cover percentage, and clipping yield. Application of wear every week was detrimental to turf characteristics, whereas wear once every month generally had no significant effect. Nitrogen fertilization resulted in improved color and quality, and increased cover percentage and clipping yield.