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Wetting Agent and Phosphorus for Quick Establishment of Kentucky Bluegrass

  • Lee, Sang-Kook (Department of Biotechnology, Hoseo University)
  • Received : 2014.09.08
  • Accepted : 2014.11.26
  • Published : 2014.12.31

Abstract

Wetting agent is a substance that reduces the soil water repellency and causes a liquid to spread more easily into the soil. Wetting agents are well known as to improve irrigation efficiency. Phosphorus is one of the 17 essential nutrient elements and promote faster seed germination. The objective of this study was to evaluate wetting agent and P rates for fast germination and establishment of Kentucky bluegrass. Three levels of wetting agent which were 0.23, 0.46, and $0.92ml\;m^{-2}$ were applied and the P treatments were 5, 10, and $15g\;m^{-2}$. The medium and high rate of wetting agent at the high P rate had the greatest turfgrass coverage and took 28 days to reach 50% turfgrass coverage regardless of P application. Based on this study, wetting agent is effective for fast germination and establishment of Kentucky bluegrass if sufficient phosphorus is applied.

Keywords

Establishment;Germination;Kentucky bluegrass;Phosphorus;Wetting agent

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Hoseo University

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