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How low can ultradwarf bermudagrasses go?

As ultradwarf bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis) use moves farther north, there is increased risk of winter injury from low temperatures and desiccation. The use of protective covers during winter is an expensive but obligatory practice for ultradwarf bermudagrass ...
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Winter traffic stress on a Transition Zone bentgrass green

Many factors affect the durability of turfgrass under traffic stress, including the turfgrass species and cultivar, timing and type of traffic, root zone composition and construction type, soil moisture levels, recovery time and maintenance regiments. A 2008 study noted that ...

Dr. basidiomycetes or: How I learned to stop fairy ring

December 1, 2016 By
Fairy ring symptoms observed on greens, tees, fairways and roughs are not caused by magical faeries, but we have to blame someone or something for the destructive nature of this disease complex (Figure 1). Figure 1: Classic example of fairy ...
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The sun/nitrogen connection

November 9, 2016 By
Plants need nitrogen (N) and sunlight to be healthy. Nitrogen allows leaves packed with chlorophyll to absorb the sun’s energy and ultimately turn CO2 into sugar. Nitrogen also stimulates growth and quality of light impacts turf health. The impact of ...
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Formation of clay bands in sand putting greens

August 30, 2016 By and
In 2014, we observed thin bands of clay in the sand putting greens of a golf course in Mississippi. These layers resulted in reduced water infiltration, saturated soils and a decline in turfgrass density. The greens, constructed in 2005 following ...