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Sports Turf by V.I. Stewart

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Chapter eleven

The slit approach, typically for vigorous winter games such as rugby and soccer

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Winter use of natural turf for sports requires the surface to remain tractively efficient throughout the time of year when, in Britain, weather conditions are far from favourable. Because temperatures are low the grass growth is minimal, and because rainfall much exceeds evaporation the shear strength of the turf is threatened by physical damage to the grass and excessive wetness in the soil. To withstand the severe wear that vigorous play with studded footwear can cause, the sward must enter the playing season thick at the base and deeply rooted. ...

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