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About Mike Richardson, Ph.D.

Mike Richardson, Ph.D., is a professor of turfgrass science at the University of Arkansas.

Posts by Mike Richardson, Ph.D.

Covers to increase winter soil temperatures on ultradwarf bermudagrass putting greens Posted on 19 Jan 2021 in the Current Issue & Featured & From the Magazine & Research categories.

Researchers look into and describe how covers can increase winter soil temperatures on ultradwarf bermudagrass putting greens. Read more»

What putting green firmness measurements actually tell us Posted on 05 Jun 2019 in the Research categories.

Firmness is an important attribute of championship greens, affecting both playability and durability of the putting surface. However, firmness can be interpreted and managed in various ways. Underlying factors often Read more»

Winter bermudagrass overseeding: Does it hurt or help? Posted on 14 May 2018 in the Featured & Research categories.

Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) is the choice for golf course fairways and tees in the South and in the Transition Zone because it tolerates close mowing (less than 3/4 inch) and Read more»

Spring bulbs add color to dormant warm-season turf Posted on 26 Mar 2018 in the Research categories.

Warm-season turfgrasses in the Transition Zone can go dormant for up to six months of the year. Early-spring bulbs add color to dormant lawns, yet their persistence in the turfgrass Read more»

How low can ultradwarf bermudagrasses go? Posted on 18 Aug 2017 in the Research categories.

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 Read more»

Golf ball lie, mowing height and shot execution Posted on 19 Jul 2016 in the 0716 & Research categories.

Anyone who has played golf knows that shots from the preferred lies of the fairway are more likely to be successful compared with a similar shot in the rough. Players Read more»