As many golf course superintendents navigate maintaining their golf course with staffing or budget reductions, the recent cool weather has slowed warm-season turf growth and helped many remain on top of mowing. Here are several observations and considerations regarding this cool weather and its impact on golf courses in the Southeast: The nice weather and […]
As more golf courses are experiencing cuts in staffing and budgets, I am getting requests for help and ideas on ways to maintain and operate a golf course with a reduced maintenance budget. Roughs account for the greatest percentage of maintained acreage of most golf courses and are a good place to look for savings. […]
Superintendents across the Southeast are looking for ways to maintain their golf course with fewer staff members. Slowing flushes of warm-season turf growth with applications of trinexapac-ethyl – i.e., Primo MAXX® or post-patent products – is an important part of reducing mowing inputs and other labor costs. Getting the most out of these applications is […]
Mole Cricket Adult, photo by M. Bertone (NCSU)Recognize these guys? Over the past several years, mole crickets have become a serious turf pest in the eastern and southern parts of the state, especially along the North Carolina coast. This year, with a mild winter/warm spring and considerable rainfall, mole crickets have become a big problem […]
Even in the best of economic times, golf course owners and administrators often ask “How can we reduce our chemical costs?” Now, as a virus-induced recession threatens, such questions will be more commonplace—perhaps with a sense of urgency. As budgets are reexamined, I suggest resisting the temptation (or pressure?) to shortchange your fungicide program. Pathogen […]
This week Dr. Paul Koch, Turfgrass Pathologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, joined the GreenkeeperApp team to talk about spring disease control. Topics included spring root diseases like take-all and summer patch, dollar spot control and modeling, cultural practices and disease control, and Pythium root rot.
If you want to have a good sward, then you’ll need to make sure the grass is supplied with enough nutrients. I suggest that the most effective, logical, and efficient way to do that is by using MLSN. Leaf and sheath blight (Rhizoctonia zeae) on ultradwarf bermudagrass In a soil with […]