Study and management of turfgrass traffic stress

James A. Murphy, J. Scott Ebdon

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Turfgrasses are a unique group of grass species that will form and maintain ground cover (turf) under regular mowing and traffic. This chapter focuses on the research and development of technologies, species and cultivar adaptation, and cultural practices concerning the study and management of turfgrass systems subjected to the stresses of traffic. Stresses associated with compaction of the soil may develop under traffic only when it is intense enough to reduce or limit the protection provided by verdure and thatch-mat layers of a well-established turf. Turf and soil responses to traffic stresses have been documented with a number of techniques. The chapter briefly describes some of them and the apparatuses useful in the study of traffic stresses. Several factors affect the durability of turf subjected to traffic stresses: edaphic conditions, wear, and ball marks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTurfgrass
Subtitle of host publicationBiology, Use, and Management
Number of pages46
ISBN (Electronic)9780891186144
ISBN (Print)9780891186137
StatePublished - Oct 26 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


  • Ball marks
  • Cultivar adaptation
  • Edaphic conditions
  • Soil compaction
  • Turfgrass traffic stress
  • Wear


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