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dc.contributor.advisorCarroll, Mark J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChen, Siqien_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-09T06:37:18Z
dc.date.available2016-02-09T06:37:18Z
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M22F0R
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/17392
dc.description.abstractCompost topdressing, compost tea, and hollow tine cultivation are common cultural practices employed in organic lawn care programs. Restrictions on the amount of bagged fertilizer nitrogen and phosphorus applied to turf have raised questions about the need to place similar restrictions on compost turfgrass applications. In a three-year study the effect of reduced and common practitioner use rates of compost topdressing, the use of compost tea and of hollow tine cultivation on soil physical and biological properties and turfgrass quality were evaluated. Cultivation, monthly compost tea application and compost topdressing applied at rates consistent with annual bagged fertilizer nitrogen restrictions had little effect on soil organic matter, microbial activity, bulk density and infiltration. The use of a synthetic fertilizer resulted in higher turf quality than the use of compost on most evaluation dates. Nutrient fertilizer restrictions if applied to compost will likely result in a decline in turf quality.en_US
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dc.titleEVALUATION OF COMPOST TOPDRESSING, COMPOST TEA AND CULTIVATION ON TALL FESCUE QUALITY, SOIL PHYSICAL PROPERTIES AND SOIL MICROBIAL ACTIVITYen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentPlant Science and Landscape Architecture (PLSA)en_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledPlant sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAgricultureen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledSoil sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcompost teaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcompost topdressingen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcultivationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsoil microbial activityen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledsoil physical propertiesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledtall fescueen_US


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