Effective nutrient management is the hidden key to integrated pest management, a research agronomist with Koch Fertilizer, told an audience of golf superintendents in December at the 25th annual Ontario Seed Company/Nutrite professional turfgrass seminar in Waterloo.
For the past several years, the St. Thomas Golf & Country Club had been fighting an uphill battle to keep several of its greens alive and healthy. The problem: an overgrowth of trees which starved seven greens of life-sustaining sunlight and blocked the much-needed airflow the putting surfaces’ plants required for transpiration.
It's mid-February. Winter’s embrace is far from over. While some Ontario golfers escape the cold—with a Florida fairway fix—sleepless nights for greenkeepers still occur as they try to anticipate and plan for Mother Nature’s next move. Will she deliver a series of freeze/thaw cycles or bless us with a gradual thaw?
The beneficial results of compost topdressing make it a fundamental part of a professional and sustainable lawn care program.
“How do I determine the water requirements for a site’s irrigation requirements?”
The importance of water auditing cannot be overstated. It will reveal how effectively an irrigation system is working, how much water is being put out, where it’s being distributed, and whether or not any maintenance or corrective action needs to be taken so as to maximize the efficient use of water.
Hand watering is a process which can effectively supplement regular golf course irrigation. It has both its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, it’s a means to manually supplement areas in need. On the downside, it requires more manpower and therefore may not be the right fit for all golf courses.
Managing athletic fields which are used for a number of different sports can be a nightmare for the sports turf manager. Each sport has its own set of wear patterns and, although that might be acceptable for that particular user group, others groups aren’t quite as accepting since turf loss in one area of a field can be particularly annoying to athletes of other sports.
By adopting best management practices, landscapers and lawn care practitioners can get the biggest bang for their buck when using fertilizer products and they will also be demonstrating responsible use, customers of Nutrite were told in September at the company’s third annual customer appreciation day in Guelph.
Dealing with dollar spot is almost as commonplace as mowing greens, tees and fairways. For golf course superintendents, it’s like co-existing with a pesky housefly which might move on for a while, yet always returns to be an ongoing nuisance.
There are eight basic steps to remember when maintaining sports fields to ensure they are both playable and properly conditioned, members of the Sports Turf Association were told at the organization’s 26th annual field day in Mississauga, Ont. in September.
A number of courses and programs in turf management, including the 45th annual turf managers' short course, are ready to be offered at the University of Guelph. For more information or to register, visit http://www.OpenEd.uoguelph.ca .
Conventional sports field irrigation systems are everywhere. They are typically comprised of sprinkler heads spaced at even intervals in the play area. These sprinkler heads in the play area can cause a few issues, notably safety to the players and sports field maintenance constraints.
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