Type: Book

Achieving sustainable turfgrass management


Dr Michael Fidanza is Professor of Plant and Soil Science at Penn State University, USA. He is former Editor-in-Chief of the International Turfgrass Society Research Journal. Professor Fidanza has received a number of awards for outstanding teaching and research, and has played an active role in the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. He is internationally-renowned for his research on turfgrass ecology, diseases and plant protection.



Publication date:

24 January 2023

Length of book:

600 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801460194

Hardback - £170.00
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Turfgrass is required to meet a challenging range of aesthetic, functional and environmental requirements, whilst also mitigating the threat of abiotic and biotic stresses which are being accentuated by climate change. The turfgrass industry is also facing increasing pressure to reduce its environmental impact and advance more sustainable maintenance practices that utilise and/or optimise fewer agronomic-related resources.

Achieving sustainable turfgrass management summarises the wealth of recent research that addresses these challenges, whilst also identifying potential mitigation strategies to reduce the sector’s contribution to climate change, such as reduced fertilizer use and water conservation. This collection highlights developments in breeding for improved cultivars of turfgrass with enhanced abiotic and biotic stress responses, as well as climate resilience. Sustainable practices for the successful establishment and management of a variety of turfgrass systems are discussed, including both cool- and warm-season turfgrass.

Key features

  • Reviews the impact of climate change on the increasing threat of biotic and abiotic stresses to the turfgrass industry, as well as the challenge of treating diseased turf in the face of fungicide resistance 
  • Considers the development of alternative, more sustainable management practices that utilise and/or optimise fewer agricultural outputs, such as fertilisers, pesticides and fuel to power agricultural machinery 
  • Provides a selection of case studies that detail the establishment of good turfgrass management and maintenance in a variety of environments (golf courses, athletic fields, sports pitches, arid environments)

What others are saying...

“The 3 E’s of Sustainability (Environment, Economics, Ethical-Social Impacts) in all their forms continue to underpin the values and goals of professional turf managers across the globe who strive to build and maintain healthy, long-term communities where parks, lawns, sports fields and golf course turfs are the dominant vegetation. As global populations grow, annual climate vagaries increase, and biotic and abiotic plant stresses become more uncertain it is now more important than ever to understand how factors like species selection, edaphic conditions and cultural management decisions influence the ecology and persistence of managed turf systems. In this comprehensive book, Dr. Mike Fidanza has compiled industry leading turf experts who provide relevant, fact-based insights across an array of key topics to help turf managers meet their modern management goals.” (Dr Cale Bigelow, Professor of Turf Science and Ecology, Purdue University, USA)

Achieving sustainable turfgrass management is a much-needed title as minimum input and sustainable turfgrasses are the demanding trends for the future of turf globally. This latest book in the Burleigh Dodds collection will serve well for current and future turfgrass scientists and environmental specialists.” (Dr Haibo Liu, Professor of Turfgrass and Soil Sciences, Clemson University, USA)

“Although numerous publications are available on turfgrass science and management, few are focused on environmental issues and sustainability such as this new book by Professor Fidanza. As the need for improved sustainability becomes increasingly important in the turfgrass industry, practitioners and academicians need up-to-date science-based information on effective measures to deal with stress factors induced by climate change, as well as best practices for optimizing the use of valuable resources, including, water, fertilizers and energy. The book’s inclusion of case studies on unmanned aircraft, variety selection, wildflowers, pollinators and irrigation scheduling provides a unique and interesting overview of the ways in which the industry can adopt more sustainable practices. This publication will undoubtedly become a standard reference for turfgrass scientists around the world.” (Dr Peter Landschoot, Professor of Turfgrass Science and Director of Graduate Studies in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Science, The Pennsylvania State University)

Table of contents

Part 1 Physiology, breeding and cultivation
1.Advances in understanding turfgrass physiology: David Jespersen, University of Georgia, USA;
2.Advances in breeding for improved cultivars of turfgrass: Phillip Vines, Rutgers University, USA;
3.Advances in soil management for successful establishment and maintenance of turfgrass: Doug Soldat, University of Wisconsin, USA;
4.Advances in phosphite utilization for turfgrass: John Dempsey, Independent Turfgrass Research, Ireland;
5.Advances in irrigation and water management of turfgrass: Marco Schiavon, University of Florida, USA;
6.Advances in maintenance practices of turfgrass: Adam Thoms, Iowa State University, USA;
7.Advances in turfgrass for athletic fields and sports pitches: Gerald Henry, University of Georgia, USA;
8.Advances in turfgrass for ornamental lawns: Rebecca Grubbs-Bowling, Texas A&M University, USA;

Part 2 Biotic and abiotic stresses
9.Advances in turfgrass disease management: Jim Kerns, North Carolina State University, USA;
10.Advances in turfgrass insect pest management: Ben McGraw, Pennsylvania State University, USA;
11.Advances in turfgrass weed management: Matt Elmore, Rutgers University, USA;
12.Advances in plant growth regulation in turfgrass: David Gardner, Ohio State University, USA;
13.Advances in abiotic stress management in turfgrass: Charles Fontanier, Oklahoma State University, USA;
14.Advances in managing organic matter in turfgrass ecosystems: Alec Kowalewski, Charles Schmid, Ruying Wang and Emily Braithwaite, Oregon State University, USA;
15.Advances in biostimulants in turfgrass: Michael Fidanza, Pennsylvania State University, USA;

Part 3 Case studies
16.Considerations with using unmanned aircraft systems in turfgrass: Dale Bremer, Kansas State University, USA;
17.Considerations with selecting turfgrass varieties and cultivars: Kevin Morris, USDA-National Turfgrass Evaluation Program, USA;
18.Considerations with turfgrasses and pollinators: Michelle Wisdom, University of Arkansas, USA;
19.Considerations with water for turfgrass in arid environments: Brian Whitlark, United States Golf Association, USA;
20.Considerations with soil testing in turfgrass: Cole Thompson, United States Golf Association, USA;