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Undergraduate Dissertation Help Needed - How to grow suitable turf samples in a lab environment?

Undergraduate Dissertation Help Needed - How to grow suitable turf samples in a lab environment?

Asked 1 year 7 months ago by Stuart1994

Hi, my dissertation is based on testing various methods of reinforcement for rootzones of sports fields. In order to test them I have to grow turf samples in containers in the lab and I would appreciate any help on a) how deep will the roots grow, so i ensure the containers are deep enough? b) how long will a well developed root system take to grow, I have until around march to test the samples? c) how can i encourage better root growth through light, temp, fertiliser etc? Unfortunately my advisor has as little knowledge on the subject as I do.

Any help would be greatly appreciated (and referenced to in my dissertation) Thank you

 

Answers

Tim Farrant

Grass roots can go as deep as

Posted 26 Nov 2015

Grass roots can go as deep as 15cm given good soil to grow in. How long they will take to grow that deep will drpend on weather conditions. Most grass seed needs a temp of 9-12°C to germinate, good light levels once germinated, low levels of fertiliser and most important the seed must be kept moist at all times. If the seed dries out for a short time just after germination it will die very quickly.

Unfortunately we do not have experience with growing in lab conditions. We suggest contacting a specialist sports turf grower for more advice.

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