Tag: Super Science

A turfie returns to the Lone Star State

August 6, 2019 By
Hi, my name is Becky Grubbs-Bowling, Ph.D. I’m originally from Dallas, Texas, and I completed my undergraduate and master’s degrees in horticulture at Texas Tech University in 2010 and 2013, respectively. I then went on to complete my Ph.D. in ...

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Snow mold damage (Photo: Paul Koch)

Things I learned about snow mold last winter

August 6, 2019 By
Every winter is different. Some are snowier than others, some are colder than others and some have those dreaded ice events. Sometimes our research plots have lots of snow mold, other years, sadly, none. No matter the conditions, I always ...

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Measurement devices used in this research. From left to right: TruFirm, Clegg and TDR350 with Turf Rod Spacers at 0.5-, 1.0- and 1.5-inch depths. (Photo: Daniel O'Brien)

What putting green firmness measurements actually tell us

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 associated with firmness include volumetric water content (VWC), organic matter ...

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Sand cap (Photo: Bert McCarty)

Selecting appropriate sand-cap depths

Poor drainage is a major concern for golf course superintendents. It can restrict play, which reduces income, potentially having a long-term negative financial impact on a course. Drainage problems are compounded by demands for perfect facilities and playability, while rainfall ...

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Compost amendment (Photo: Pete Landschoot)

Compost amendments on the golf course

May 7, 2019 By
If you are a golf course superintendent struggling with poor or marginal soils, compost amendments may provide some relief. A good-quality compost can improve structure in soils with a high amount of clay, reduce compaction and increase infiltration. Amending compost ...

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Effects of monthly urea applications (Photo: Emily Braithwaite)

Microdochium patch disease development

Microdochium patch (Microdochium nivale) can severely damage annual bluegrass turf when it’s cool and wet for long periods. This disease has been controlled with fungicides, but applications of urea to reduce wear from golfer traffic have been known to incite ...

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