MAINTENANCE OF VEGETATION ON MINNESOTA HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WAY

THIS STUDY OF CURRENT VEGETATION MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, PRINCIPALLY TURF, IS BASED ON AN INVESTIGATION OF CONDITIONS AND OBSERVATIONS MADE IN 8 OF 16 MINNESOTA MAINTENANCE DISTRICTS. AN INVENTORY OF CURRENT MOWING EQUIPMENT, THE ASSIGNMENT OF MACHINES, OPERATING PERSONNEL, AND SUPERVISION EMPLOYED IS RECORDED. DESCRIBED ARE PRESENT PRACTICES AND TECHNIQUES MAINTENANCE OF EQUIPMENT, TOPOGRAPHIC FEATURES AND TURF CONDITIONS, WEED CONTROL PROGRAM AND THE OVERALL EFFECT ON TURF GRASSES AND OTHER VEGETATION. BASED UPON SOIL SURVEYS TOPOGRAPHY AND TURF FERTILITY REQUIREMENTS, 31 RECOMMENDATIONS ARE GIVEN FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF TURF MANAGEMENT PRACTICES. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT OF THOSE LISTED ARE: (1) PROVIDE THE BEST AVAILABLE TYPES OF MOWING EQUIPMENT FOR SPECIFIC USES, (2) ESTABLISHMENT OF TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR OPERATORS, SUPERVISORS, AND MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL, (3) ENCOURAGE MANUFACTURERS TO DESIGN AND DEVELOP MORE EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT, (4) AN ANALYSIS OF EACH HIGHWAY TO PERMIT A PLANNED PROGRAM FOR TURF MAINTENANCE, (5) AN EVALUATION OF PRESENT WEED CONTROL PRACTICES AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EFFECTIVE CONTROL PROGRAM, (6) CONSIDERATION OF MAINTENANCE PROBLEMS AND PRACTICES IN THE PLANNING AND DESIGN STAGES, AND (7) CONSIDERATIONS FOR MAINTENANCE OF DRAINAGE CHANNELS, EROSION CONTROL AND THE ENCHANCEMENT OF VISUAL VALUES. INCLUDED IN THE REPORT ARE COSTS FOR VARIOUS MOWER TYPES WITH USEFUL INFORMATION FOR SELECTION AND USE. THE AUTHORS EMPHASIZE THE VALUE INHERENT IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FERTILITY MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. /BPR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Hpr, State-313
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

    Minneapolis, MN  USA  55455

    Minnesota Department of Highways

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    Bureau of Public Roads /US

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • White, D B
    • Bailey, T B
  • Publication Date: 1967

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00218018
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bureau of Public Roads /US
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 18 1994 12:00AM