Tag: Super Science

Soil-moisture map (Photo: Chase Straw)

Golf course soil-moisture mapping

Golf course superintendents often irrigate fairways based on a feeling. However, using objective data to create soil-moisture maps of golf course fairways — as well as taking advantage of valve-in-head control — can significantly reduce water consumption by programming irrigation ...

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(Photo: Bill Kreuser)

Prevent winter desiccation on creeping bentgrass

September 17, 2019 By
Winter injury from desiccation is a leading cause of turf loss across the northern and central Great Plains. Desiccation occurs whenever turfgrass water loss exceeds its ability to acquire water from the soil. Desiccation can happen at any time of ...

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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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