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Effects of Novel "Lights Out" Mulching and Fertilization Turfgrass Renovation Technique on Arthropod, Weed, and Nematode Communities.

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Title:Effects of Novel "Lights Out" Mulching and Fertilization Turfgrass Renovation Technique on Arthropod, Weed, and Nematode Communities.
Authors:Michalski, Jennifer R.
Contributors:Entomology (department)
Date Issued:May 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:“Lights Out” mulching is a pesticide-free method of weed and pest management that can reduce
weed pressure when replanting turf, switching grass types, or completing a total renovation of a
designated grassy area. In this two-year study, we addressed the feasibility of using black, geotextile
weed mats made of woven polypropylene plastic where: 1) the black plastic mulch
significantly reduced light from reaching the soil surface for repeated coverings, 2) a fertilization
amendment followed by irrigation on de-thatched ground stimulated weed seed germination to
effectively flush the weed seed bank, and 3) prolonged periods of covering eliminated old turf
and weed presence before re-establishing new turf. This introduction provides a justification for
pursuing this management method, provides a comparison to traditional methods of control, and
addresses the gaps in knowledge about Lights Out mulching. A comprehensive literature review
is also provided to elaborate on what is known about the effects of plastic mulching on
arthropod, weed, and nematode communities.
Description:M.S. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62427
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Appears in Collections: M.S. - Entomology


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