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Light topdressing rates of 0.50 to 0.75 cubic feet of sand per 1,000 square feet are used during periods of minimal growth. (Photo courtesy of Brian Whitlark)

Research identifies sand and topdressing needed to manage putting greens

August 24, 2021 By and
Field observations and research reveal the type of sand and amount of topdressing needed to manage thatch and organic matter accumulation in putting greens. ...

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Superintendents can identify the turf-loving fall armyworm by the upside-down Y on its head. Most common in the Southeast, the pest can ravage golf courses without mitigation. (Photo by: Lyle Buss, University of Florida)

How fall armyworms can ravage golf courses without mitigation

August 17, 2021 By
Read how flowers and wasps could supplement long-term pest management programs for common moth caterpillars. ...

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A drop-style topdresser can deliver sand to the putting surface with high precision. This operator is applying 1 cubic foot of sand per 1,000 square feet. (photo by: Brian Whitlark, USGA Green Section)

Why light and frequent topdressing programs are important

July 27, 2021 By and
Sand topdressing is one of the most important practices for producing smooth putting surfaces and diluting thatch and organic matter. Despite this fact, some courses only apply sand during aeration or infrequently during the golf season to avoid disrupting golfers ...

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Plot treated with drench application of SDS and hollow tine aerification one day after treatment (left) and three days after (right). (Photo courtesy of Zane Raudenbush)

Super Science: Moss control in putting greens

July 26, 2021 By
Zane Raudenbush, Ph.D. initiated field studies to test the effectiveness of various soil surfactants on moss growth in creeping bentgrass putting greens. ...

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Mosquito (Photo: pernsanitfoto / istock–Getty images plus / getty images)

Turf Pest: Biting back at mosquitoes

July 22, 2021 By
Janis Reed, Ph.D., of Control Solutions Inc. explains how golf course superintendents can control mosquitoes on the course. ...

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Moisture sensors on golf course (Photo: Turf-Tec International)

Experts’ Insights: What to know about moisture sensors

July 15, 2021 By
Moisture sensors dramatically improve greens management, but it's important for superintendents to know their own course's conditions. ...

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