Agronomy
TAKE-ALL patch, dollar spot, anthracnose and the need for adequate air movement on putting greens were but a few of the topics discussed in July during Plant Science’s annual “Turf Academy” series at five Ontario golf courses.
There is life after death, at least when it comes to golf greens. After taking a tremendous hit following last winter's wrath, the greens at the London Hunt Club rebounded to spectacular glory in time for the recent LPGA Canadian Pacific Women's Open. 
By David McPherson So long poa, hello bentgrass. That’s the refrain Donalda Golf Club members—a private course in Don Mills, Ont.—are singing this summer. Thanks to a major overhaul of all its greens, the club hopes its new and improved putting surfaces will survive winter better, revive faster in the spring, and be more resistant to anthracnose, offering more consistency throughout Southern Ontario’s hot and humid summers. 
Up until about 12 years ago, little was known about the control of anthracnose on golf course turf. Since 2002, extensive research on the disease has been conducted at Rutgers University in New Jersey as well as at 11 other institutions, including the University of Guelph.
Most regions across Canada experienced their worst winter season in 40 years, and the extreme cold took its toll on many golf courses.
It’s May 1 as I write this, and several golf courses in southern Ontario (and likely elsewhere in Canada) have yet to open for the season. Chalk it up to the winter which, according to most reports, was the worst we’ve experienced in 40 years.
Efforts to improve winter hardiness on golf turf species will be vamped up through research at the University of Guelph, following one of the worst winters experienced in Canada in recent years. FULL STORY
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.
The pre-Christmas ice storm which left thousands of Toronto residents without power for several days caused another unfortunate setback to the city's urban forest. READ MORE

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