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|Title:||Frost inhibition on turfgrass|
Palazzo, A. J. (Antonio J.)
Cary, Timothy J.
Hardy, Susan E.
Nagle, Joyce A.
|Publisher:||Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)|
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
|Series/Report no.:||Special report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 99-4.|
Abstract: Frost is a common problem for golf courses in the early morning hours in the spring and fall. Walking on frosted turf turns it a dark bluish color initially and kills the leaf tissue, eventually causing an unsightly appearance. The objective of this study was to conduct a series of experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of a recently introduced frost-inhibition product called FROST-B-GONE (FBG) in preventing the formation of frost and subsequent damage to turfgrass. The material was studied at concentrations of 0, 5, 10, 15, and 20% and applied at a rate of 1629 L ha^–1 (174 gal. acre^-1). The results of these experiments showed that the FBG compound was effective in preventing frost on a bentgrass turf used for greens. Application of FBG at concentrations of 10, 15, and 20% six hours before frosting conditions was consistently effective in reducing the occurrence of frost on bentgrass leaf surfaces. FBG also had a residual frost-inhibition effect when the sod was frosted a second time without re-treatment. The frost-producing technique developed in these experiments proved successful with herbaceous plants and may be used to prepare plants for cold-tolerance or satellite-identification studies.
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