The lawn-owner who wants to go beyond the specific what-to-do afforded by a county agency to an understanding of why to do it should part with $10.95 and buy a book by Agronomist H. Burton Musser called Turf Management, a publication of the U.S. Golf Association and McGraw-Hill. Turf Management is written primarily for those responsible for large turf areas such as golf courses, and thus it may contain somewhat more information than the homeowner really requires, such as discussion of how much to pay a course superintendent to enable him to attend turf conferences. But, as it is written for men who must maintain good turf or be fired, it is specific, thorough and technical, and yet so comprehensible that Agronomist Musser could be regarded as the Dr. Spock of lawn care.
After you have absorbed everything in Dr. Musser's book there is not much left to learn. You will know not only what to do with your weeds, you will know how many seeds there should be in a pound of weeping love grass; how to calculate the pore space in your soil ([S-w]/V = percent noncapillary porosity) and the friction loss in your rubber hose, pounds per hundred feet.
If you are not that interested in your grass, you are probably a neighborhood curiosity. But if you go out and buy a package of "grass seed" at the supermarket, 89� the five pounds, or seed out of a bin marked "shady" at a supply store, what happens to your lawn you can blame only on yourself.