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Water use studies and implications for management of subtropical C4 turfgrasses in dryland and irrigated urban open space

Menzel, C.M. and Broomhall, P. (2004) Water use studies and implications for management of subtropical C4 turfgrasses in dryland and irrigated urban open space. Project Report. TU00001. Horticulture Australia Limited, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

A 2000-03 study to improve irrigation efficiency of grassed urban public areas in northern Australia found it would be difficult to grow most species in dry areas without supplementary watering. Sporoboulus virginicus and sand couch, Zoysia macrantha, were relatively drought-tolerant. Managers of sporting fields, parks and gardens could more than halve their current water use by irrigating over a long cycle, irrigating according to seasonal conditions and using grasses with low water use and sound soil management practices that encourage deep rooting. The use of effluent water provides irrigation and fertiliser cost savings and reduced nitrogen and phosphorus discharge to local waterways. Projected savings are $8000/ha/year in water costs for a typical sporting field.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Funders:This project was funded by voluntary contributions from industry with matched funding from the Australian Government facilitated through HAL.
Projects:HAL Project TU00001. Water use studies and implications for management of subtropical C4 turfgrasses in dryland and irrigated urban open space.
Business groups:Agri-Science, Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:© Horticulture Australia Limited.
Keywords:Turf; turfgrass; recycled water; treated effluent; irrigation; warm season turfgrass; dryland; urban openspace; turfgrass; recyled water; Axonopus comptressus; Dactyloctenium australe; Paspalum nicorae; Paspalum notatum; Cynodon dactylon; Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis; Digitaria didactyla; Bothriochloa pertusa; Stenotaphrum secundatum; Zoysia japonica; Pseudoraphis spinescens; Sporobolus virginicus; Themeda triandra; Zoysia macrantha; drought tolerance; water use.
Subjects:Plant culture > Lawns and turfgrasses
Plant culture > Lawns and turfgrasses > Performance and management
Deposited On:25 Aug 2011 07:25
Last Modified:13 Oct 2011 06:16

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