Tag: The Turf Doc

Analyzing different types of bunker sands

September 17, 2019 By
As a preteen, our family vacations consisted of arduous cross-country trips in a 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon. Our vacations originated in Illinois and spread to destinations in the West and Southeast. At the time, one of my hobbies ...

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Controlling challenging turfgrass diseases: Pythium blight, wet wilt

August 6, 2019 By
Driving to work with my air conditioner blasting and “Cherry Cherry” (from the album “Hot August Night”) blaring on the radio, I started reminiscing about my college turfgrass classes. At the time, one of the most feared agronomic problems facing ...

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Don’t get collared by trouble

July 9, 2019 By
Within the rules of golf, the collar falls in the category of “through the green.” The definition of “through the green” (the term was changed, but more on that later) was: The whole area of the course except: a. The ...

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A closer look at Hyde Park CC’s fairways

May 31, 2019 By
This spring, I headed to Hyde Park Country Club in Cincinnati to meet Superintendent Pat O’Brien. Hyde Park CC is a stately club, established in 1909 with a nine-hole course designed by Tom Bendelow. The club expanded in 1922 to ...

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As the (earth)worm turns

May 7, 2019 By
Walking across my lawn in May, I feel bumpiness under my feet. Although not visually apparent, I know bumpy turf is a sign of earthworm casts. Helping verify my diagnosis are mole tunnels throughout my lawn from the moles hunting ...

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A spring burnout

March 12, 2019 By
Finally, the first day of spring. It’s still cool, but it’s sunny, and the snow is finally gone. After five months of storage, I lift the garage door, revealing my 1969 Pontiac Firebird. It’s one of the year’s most exciting ...

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