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Sports Turf by V.I. Stewart

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Chapter six

For detailed instructions on specific maintenance programmes refer to sections 10.5 and 11.13, and Appendix 6.

Interrelationships of sward biology, construction, maintenance and use

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6.1 Establishment and immediate after-care prior to allowing play

While the soil is still relatively loose the juvenile roots of the grass may be encouragingly long, but the sward will not be firmly established until the root system develops into a fibrous, much-branched, intertwined tangle.

The introduction of sand or sand/gravel slits, to complete the job of surface water interception, may well be delayed until a sward has been established. This ...

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