Journal of Earth, Environment and Health Sciences

: 2015  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32--37

The Effect of Different Bed Compositions on Sod Characteristics in Production and Establishment Stages

Fatemeh Ahmadian Vala1, Davood Naderi1, Masoud Ghasemi Ghahsareh2,  
1 Department of Horticultural, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan Branch, Isfahan, Iran
2 Department of Horticultural, Shahre-kord University, Shahre-kord, Chahar Mahal Va Bakhtiari, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Davood Naderi
Department of Horticultural, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan Branch, Isfahan


Nowadays, many investigations are done on plants waste that can be used as bio soil amendments. The use of biological fertilizers instead of chemical ones has been considered widely because of environmental issues importance. Cultivation beds have some influence on both stability and quality of sod. The current study was done to assess the impact of 5 soil compounds on two steps of bermudagrass sod production (cultivation in cartonplast and establishment) as a completely randomized design with three replicates. The soil compounds were clay, sand and spent mushroom compost in different compositions. Our results showed that at the time of lawn cultivation in cartonplast, the highest clipping fresh and dry weight and the best plant density were related to clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v). We also found that the best color quality was related to clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v), sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v), clay + sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1:1) (v.v.v) bed while the lowest height of shoots was related to clay + sand (1:1) (v.v). In the second phase of the experiments, the highest clipping fresh and dry weight was related to clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v), sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) bed. The highest shoots height was related to those beds too. The lowest establishment time was related to sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) bed. Finally, our results showed that spent mushroom compost can be used as a useful organic fertilizer which improves soil physical and chemical characteristics.

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Sodding is one of the best important methods in lawn establishment and recovery that includes the transplanting mature turf from production site to a destination site. Bed composition plays an important role in sod production process. Compost products are valuable fertilizers considering their organic and nutrient content. [1],[2],[3] Catalysis makes the compost process faster which can convert organic materials to stable and useful materials with changing their physical and chemical characteristics as well as waste contents excretion. [4],[5] Raw organic materials also catalyze simple compounds products by microorganisms in compost preparation process as mentioned by Mohammadi Ghehsareh et al. [6] The use of compost in cultivation beds has some advantages including plants enhanced access to nutrients, [7] erosion and runoff reduction, [8] physical soil structure and water balance improvement [9],[10] and vermi compost was also used instead of usual and chemical fertilizer. [11] Ghazimeanas et al. [12] in a study which has investigated the influence of different amounts of vermi compost fertilizer and nitrogen on qualitative and quantitative functions of Matricaria chamomilla L. found that there was a direct relationship between plant dry weight and vermi compost amount. The results of a study which were done by Hu and Barker [13] showed that agricultural waste compost increased the uptake of some elements such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen in tomato leaf. Considering the widespread application of lawn in our landscape and international approach toward natural resources protection, lower use of chemical fertilizers and their replacement with biological fertilizers, it seems that compost can be used as a useful and efficient bed in sustainable agriculture. Considering the high content of organic matters and low amount of heavy metals in mushroom composts, [14] we used it as a useful and efficient factor in our treatments. The current study was done to compare impacts of various beds on sod production.

 Materials and Methods

The study was conducted between 2013 and 2014 in research greenhouse of agriculture department, Islamic Azad University Isfahan (Khorasgan) Branch. For sod production, cartonplasts with dimensions of 150 cm × 60 cm × 20 cm were used. The bottom of cartonplasts was punctured to make drainage and covered with leca to help both drainage and aeration. Cartonplasts up to 4 cm were filled with soil mixture, and seeding was done on them. In each plot, 20 g bermudagrass seeds were sprinkled that were covered with a thin layer of spent mushroom compost. The layer of compost acts as a mulch on seeds to prevent their movement before germination. This experiment was planned as a completely randomized design with five treatments and three repetitions in two phases as follow:

Planting in cartonplast, Establishment in main field.

The characteristics of spent mushroom compost, clay and sand have been mentioned in [Table 1] and [Table 2]. During the study, a perfect fertilizer was used 4 times (25 g/m 2 ). The plots were irrigated twice per week in fall and winter and once per day in spring and summer (3 l/plot). Grass was mowed every week. Rotten manure (4 kg/m 2 ) was mixed with soil and plowed to prepare soil for plant establishment Thereafter, a rake was used to throw out lumps and roll out to make the surface of cultivation environment flat and even. Statistical analysis of data was done using SAS software. The comparison between means was used by Duncan test, and P < 5% was statistically significant. Microsoft Office Excel 2007 was used for drawing all diagrams. A millimeter ruler was used for measuring the height of lawn and the distance between soil surface to leaf tip in five points, and the mean of all measurements was considered as lawn height in each plot. All characteristics were measured every two weeks. For measuring clipping fresh weight in each plot, lawn was moved to the height of 5 cm and immediately weighted. Then samples were kept in 70°C for 48 h to measure their dry weight. Weight assessments were done after lawn mowing, and the mean of all data was calculated at the end of the study. Appearance evaluation of lawn was done using a combination of some factors such as color, density, uniformity, and height. [15] Plant density was graded from 1 to 9 by a professional valuator based on National Turfgrass Evaluation Program, which is a visible grading method. Based on the method, number 9 is considered as perfect and <5 is unsuitable. At the end of the study, three samples were harvested randomly using a 5 cm × 5 cm frame. In general, six leaves were separated from each sample, and the leaf area index was measured. Finally, all the numbers divided to 18 and their means were calculated. Root volume was measured using volumetric method.{Table 1}{Table 2}

 Results and Discussion


Data analysis of variance indicated that bed treatment affected lawn height in cartonplast cultivation and in establishment phase significantly (P value 0.01 and 0.001) [Table 3] and [Table 4]. The mean comparison showed that the lowest height in cartonplast cultivation was related to clay + sand (1:1) (v.v), bed while we didn't find any significant differences between other treatments [Figure 1]. In establishment phase, the highest height was related to the bed of clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) and sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) [Figure 2]. It seems that the presence of compost in beds induces shoots growth because higher amount of organic compound in these beds preserves soil moisture and improves its structure. Hussain et al. [16] and Singh and Agarwal [17] reported that cow manure had a positive impact on wheat shoot height. Maaswinkel and Gunadi [18] examined the influence of perlite and rice chisel cultivation on pepper growth and function. They found that the plants that had been grown in rice chisel were longer and had better function in comparison to those that grown in perlite.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Table 3}{Table 4}

Clipping fresh and dry weight

Statistical analysis of our data showed that clipping fresh and dry weight in both phases of our study have been affected by the beds treatment significantly (P value 0.001) [Table 3] and [Table 4]. The highest clipping fresh and dry weight in cartonplast cultivation was related to clay + spent mushroom compost bed (1:1) (v.v) [Figure 3] and [Figure 4]. The highest clipping fresh and dry weight in establishment phase of the study was related to clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) and sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) [Figure 5] and [Figure 6]. Based on the results, it appears that a sufficient amount of nutrients in beds which containing compost led to weight enhancement. Khattak et al. [19] reported that mushroom compost increased leaf fresh weight in the periwinkle plant. it is also reported that dry weight of tomato, calendula, and pepper increase as a result of vermi compost use (Bachman and Metzger 2008). It has been reported that mineral elements enhancement during compost processing is the main factor that increases plants growth. [20] {Figure 3}{Figure 4}{Figure 5}{Figure 6}

Leaf area index

We found that leaf area index in beds consisted of clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v), sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) and clay + sand (1:1) (v.v), was higher than other treatments [Figure 7]. Photosynthesis which affects plant growth mainly happens in leaves, [21] and its efficiency that detects plants growth and power reflected by leaf area index. [22] {Figure 7}

Root volume

Root volumes also in plants cultivated in treated beds showed significant effects [Table 3] (P value 0.05). The highest root volume was seen in beds containing clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v), sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) and clay + sand (1:1) (v.v) [Figure 8]. These beds are porous and can keep moisture as a result roots develop in them easily, and their volumes increase.{Figure 8}


Statistical analysis of our findings showed that both in sod cultivation and establishment stages beds treatment affected plant density significantly (P value 0.01) [Table 3] and [Table 4]. The highest density of plant during cartonplast cultivation was related to the bed of clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) while the highest density in field establishment was related to clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) and sand + spent mushroom compost bed (1:1) (v.v) [Figure 9] and [Figure 10]. Spent Mushroom compost increased plant density because its organic substances improve agricultural properties of cultivation bed. Other studies also showed that plant development was related to fertility parameters of soil. [23] Thus, the improvement of physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of cultivation beds by composts (Bachman and Metzger 2008) [24] increase plants growth.{Figure 9}{Figure 10}

Color quality

Color quality was affected by beds treatment significantly in cartonplast production phase (P value 0.001) [Table 3] and was insignificant in establishment phase [Table 4]. The best color quality was related to beds of clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v), sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) and clay + sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1:1) (v.v.v) [Figure 11]. It seems that beds with contain compost can keep a higher amount of water and nutrient especially nitrogen. Previous studies also reported that organic compounds can affect superficial characteristics of lawn. [25] Rodriguez and Miller [26] also mentioned that there is a high correlation between chlorophyll content and the color of Augustine grass. We believe that the nitrogen content of compost can prevent chlorophyll destruction and increase the visible quality of lawn.{Figure 11}

Sod establishment

The treatment of beds affected sod establishment significantly based on statistical analysis of our data [Table 4] (P value 0.001). The comparison of mean showed that the lowest establishment time was related to sand + spent mushroom compost beds (1:1) (v.v) [Figure 12]. Compost and sand have porous structure as a result roots develop in them easily and quickly which decrease lawn establishment time. Kafi et al. [27] did an investigation to find the best mulch compounds and cultivation time on hydro-mulching and its effect on some of qualitative and quantitative characteristics of lawn. Their findings showed that the lawn establishment in spring cultivation is faster than fall cultivation.{Figure 12}


Our results showed that in the most of investigated variables, the soil combination of clay + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) and sand + spent mushroom compost (1:1) (v.v) showed a better quality in comparison to other treatments and spent mushroom compost can be used as a factor to improve soil physical and chemical characteristics which decrease production costs. Sodding needs lots of facilities, equipment, and field; thus, sod cultivation in cartonplast can facilitate working conditions and decrease costs by omitting some equipment like sod cutter.

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