EVOLUTION OF THE QUALITY INDEXES OF THE TURF-GRASS FROM THE QUEEN MARIA PARK FROM TIMIŞOARA, ROMANIA – CASE STUDY PUBLISHEDBogdan COSTEA, Veronica SĂRĂŢEANU, Marinel Nicolae HORABLAGA
The aim of this work is to analyse a case study regarding the evolution of a turfgrass surface from Timişoara (Timiş County, Romania, respectively the Queen Maria Park turfgrass. The data have been collected in 2011 year in five stages, respectively: 17 February, 18 March, 19 April, 19 May and 16 June. The observations have been realised visually using the NTEP Turfgrass Evaluation Guidelines. There have been considered the following NTEP indexes: density, texture, genetic colour, winter injury, pests and diseases resistance, drought stress and general aesthetic aspect. The ranking scale was from 0 to 9, where 0 represents the worst situation and 9 the best one. The conclusions of the research were the following: (i) the turf has bare soil spots remained after the winter, where at the beginning of spring are setting the weeds; (ii) the turf has many weeds, both monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous, their control being very difficult; (iii) presence of the weeds in turf is a consequence of the inadequate execution of the maintenance works. There is recommended to apply the maintenance work at the proper moment, mainly the over-seeding at the beginning of spring, fertilisation and mowing.
turf-grass, quality index, weeds, evolution.