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May 2010

Guidelines for Tropical Turfgrass Installation and Management

Book Order Form - NPB Singapore

The Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (a division of National Parks Singapore) have published their Guidelines for Tropical Turfgrass Installation and Management. These Guidelines will be useful for anyone managing turfgrass in Southeast Asia, especially for those who take care of parks, sports fields, cemeteries, and lawns.

Dr. Kenneth Marcum, senior researcher in Turfgrass for CUGE, prepared these Guidelines to provide the first comprehensive guide of tropical turfgrasses for Singapore and Southeast Asia, with the Guidelines covering species selection, construction, planting and establishment, and maintenance. Download the order form to purchase these Guidelines (currently available for SGD 20). I can vouch for the usefulness of this book, as I reviewed it as a member of the CUGE Turfgrass Standards Technical Committee.

Field Renovation for the 2010 World Cup

World_cup_renovationI received this document with three pages of photos of the renovation process for 72 playing fields to be used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup at South Africa next month. Click here or on the photo at right to download the file (2 MB).

Ten fields will be used for the tournament matches, and the remaining fields are for training, as home practice fields for each of the 32 teams in the tournament, and there are even three fields prepared just for the tournament referees. The fields are mostly kikuyugrass, but for the tournament have been overseeded with perennial ryegrass to provide a vibrant green color and some wear resistance during the South African winter. The document about the field preparation is provided by Redexim as much of their equipment was used in the renovation and overseeding of the playing fields.