Nutrition of Sand Greens Part 2.
24 Aug 2012 - Consultancy - Jerry Spencer
Part 2 of Nutrition of Sand Greens. The nutrition of pure sand constructions raises a whole host of issues but there are a number of rules that are can be applied and can help guide you in the right direction. Sand-based putting greens are less forgiving than native soil greens when it comes to nutrient management, having inherently lower nutrient-holding and -buffering capacities and allowing large amounts of water to flow through them.
Nutrition of Sand Greens Part 1.
21 Aug 2012 - Consultancy - Jerry Spencer
The nutrition of pure sand constructions raises a whole host of issues but there are a number of rules that are can be applied and can help guide you in the right direction. Sand-based putting greens are less forgiving than native soil greens when it comes to nutrient management, having inherently lower nutrient-holding and -buffering capacities and allowing large amounts of water to flow through them. As a result, they are prone to multiple, sudden and perhaps serious nutrient deficiencies.
Testing for Organic Matter
20 Aug 2012 - Consultancy - John Lockyer
How can you accurately tell if your thatch and organic matter levels are where they need to be to ensure good all-round green performance? What is the best way to gauge the frequency and type of de-thatching operations needed for any one situation?
Disease - by Association
6 Aug 2012 - Consultancy - Dr Kate Entwistle
In this article, I would like to share my thoughts on turfgrass disease development and summarise some of the published information that is available on similar pathogen interactions in agriculture.
Using Salt to Kill Weeds on Paspalum
6 Aug 2012 - Consultancy - Stacie Zinn
It's a warm spring day in Central Florida. A group of young men suited up for football practice are sprawled out on the bright green turf of the football field. They’re picking something up off the turf and putting it in their mouths. What is it?
Making the Most of Meetings at Work - Part One - The Executive Secretary Role
30 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Frank Newberry
Trainer and Motivational Speaker Frank Newberry is convinced that we can all contribute to making meetings at work more productive and more enjoyable
Exploding the Myths about Sports Turf Drainage
29 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Gordon Jaaback
A number of factors contribute to the success in a sports pitch drainage programme. Installing and maintaining a system is an expensive undertaking. A complete system, incorporating slit drainage and sand dressing, can amount to in the region of $40,000 to $50,000.
The Sweet Solution
22 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Mark Atkins
Much has been made of the possibilities of using sugar and its derivatives to get the turf going, with many reasoned explanations behind this, some of which are increased microbial activity and energy supply.
Leaf Spot Diseases
21 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Dr Kate Entwistle
There are a wide range of fungi that cause leaf spot disease on amenity turfgrasses and these individual fungi will cause damage to different grass types under different environmental conditions.
Sheltons 7 Steps to Successful Fairway Drainage
20 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - David Shelton
Few soils will drain fast enough to allow golf to be played in comfort after a period of prolonged rain, but effective drainage techniques can make a huge difference to the speed in which water will drain away.
The Appliance of Science
19 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Dr Andrew Brown
Not all nematodes are bad nematodes! Historically, nematode has been a bad word in the turf industry, but that is about to change, according to Dr Andrew Brown of Becker Underwood
Keeping Ponds and Lakes Healthy
15 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Reg Varney
Ponds and lakes, whether man made or natural, have a natural life cycle. Before man began to impact the environment, this progression took hundreds, even thousands of years
A Short Introduction to Softer Chemistry & Biologicals
13 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Jerry Spencer
With the increased interest in the use of biological/softer chemistries and the recent commercialisation by Syngenta In the US the launch of New Daconil Action® based on Acibenzolar which stimulates the natural defence response of turfgrass, these appear to becoming more in vogue.
Doing your Own Research with Knockout Trials
10 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Editor
Want to figure out if that new, miracle poa control product can be used on your bentgrass greens — without damaging your bentgrass? Ever wondered whether the liquid fertilizer that you're paying a premium for is really working?
Fusarium Patch Disease
8 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Dr Kate Entwistle
Although probably the most well known cool-season turfgrass disease, fusarium patch is more accurately called Microdochium patch - a common name which is now becoming more widely used for this disease.
Adaptation of Warm-Season Turf Grasses for the Tropics
8 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Matt Roche
Recently Matt Roche, DAFFQ Turf Scientist from Redlands Research Facility inspected trial sites in Mackay and Darwin which were setup to monitor the performance of warm-season grasses with potential to grow in the tropics. A total of 15 varieties were established by either seed, plugs or sod at both trial sites. The findings from the latest inspection are inside
Why Should We Carry Out Aeration?
2 Jul 2012 - Consultancy - Laurence Gale MSc
I will begin by explaining the reasons why we need to aerate, and then go on to explain the choice of equipment we now have at our disposal, giving examples of how it can be used and on which type of playing surface
Carbon Smart Sportsfields
30 Jun 2012 - Consultancy - Megan Cushnahan
We hear a lot about sustainable golf course management in the turfcare industry, but the topic of sustainability is not widely discussed within sportsfield management circles Here, Megan Hood, former STRI Agronomist and now working 'back home' for the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute, suggests that improvements can be made.
Micah Woods on Modifying the Turf Growing Environment
29 Jun 2012 - Consultancy - Micah Woods
The Australian Golf Course Superintendents' Association provides a great service by making so many of the presentations for their annual conference available for online viewing.
Monitoring - a Useful Tool, Poorly Employed
25 Jun 2012 - Consultancy - John Handley
Monitoring is a very powerful tool if understood and utilised correctly. However, it has been written into many management plans without serious consideration of its implications. Words can lose their value and impact through both misuse and over-use, and monitoring may be such a word. The word monitoring is derived from Latin and means ‘to warn, counsel, advise, prompt or remind’