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Grasses are perhaps the most important plant family of all to mankind. They provide us with important cereal crops, food for grazing animals, playing surfaces for most of our sports fields, fresh and dried cut flowers, culinary and perfumery herbs, and are extremely important for building and other construction (i.e. bamboos), particularly across the tropics.

Grasses also contribute to the environment in positive ways, they are quite resilient and need less water than most people presume; most grass species are tough and even un-watered grass will bounce back after dry and hot weather.


The Growing & Knowing Grasses ebook will provide you with everything that you need to know about grass. Get to all about the botany of grasses, how to identify them, how to cultivate grasses, the different uses for grasses and also includes a detailed illustrated encyclopedia of grasses and grass-like plants.

‘True’ grasses belong to the family Poaceae (syn. Gramineae). Other plants such as reeds and rushes and many other strappy leafed plants may occasionally be called “grasses” by non-technical people, but they are not really grasses. Grasses are one of the largest families of flowering plants. They range in size from tiny creeping or clumping species through to magnificent tropical bamboos.


Table of Contents

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CHAPTER 1 SCOPE AND NATURE OF GRASSES
The role of grass in the environment
What is grass?
Using ornamental grasses for effect

CHAPTER 2 BOTANY OF GRASSES
Structure of a typical grass
Ways to identify grasses
Description of grasses
Grass terminology

CHAPTER 3 CULTIVATION OF GRASSES
Turf grasses
Amenity grasses
Crop production
Soils and grass
Soil preparation for ornamental grasses
Fertilising grasses
Pruning grasses
Propagation of grasses
Division
Seeds
Sowing turf seed
Sodding/instant turf
Other propagation methods
Stolonizing
Sprigging
Plugging
Cuttings
Managing pests and diseases
Some important grass pest and disease problems

CHAPTER 4 HOW WE USE GRASSES
Landscaping with grasses
Grasses for turf
Grasses as animal feed
Other uses for grasses
Human food
For making tools and equipment
Fuel
Building materials
Problems with grasses
Grasses as weeds
Grasses and human allergies
Grasses for landscaping
Bamboos
Landscape use of bamboos
Turf grass varieties
Bent grasses
Rye grasses
Fescues
Blue grasses
Other grasses
Major warm season lawn grasses
Couches
Zoysia grasses
Carpet grasses
Paspalums
Other important grasses

CHAPTER 5 GRASS LIKE PLANTS
A-Z of ornamental grass-like plants

CHAPTER 6 GRASS ENCYCLOPEDIA
A-Z of some ornamental grasses

APPENDIX 


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