Category: Golf

Fall Fertilizer- No Skipping or Skimping!

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Ok, let’s be honest…fertilizer prices have gone nuts throughout the entire season, creating yet another unexpected challenge to managing your golf course.  The quick fixes of downgrading products and reducing the overall number of acres are not long-term strategies for healthy turf.  With Fall now upon us, I urge you all to not skip or skimp on this critical application.

While we all know this, it bares repeating for the sake of emphasizing the agronomic necessity of a full blown, nutrient application while the leaves are starting to turn color and the weather condition is optimal for growing cool-season turf.

The focus of fall fertilization is on rejuvenating and recouping that turf ahead of Winter and the following Spring.  It’s one of the biggest factors that dictates the ultimate health of the plant going into dormancy and how it emerges in the Spring ready for another season.  In short, it improves the overall health, increases the density and vigor and extends the green color of the turf.  Most importantly, the plant’s physiology is transitioning from an actively growing state to one where it’s storing carbohydrates for later use as an energy source.  By fertilizing turf in the fall, you’re providing it with nutrients it can store away for the next growing season.

Depending on the makeup of your specific nutrient program that you’ve tailored for your course, you may be starting earlier or later in the Fall.  This timing will impact the nutrient type needed to get the results you’re trying to achieve.  

In early Fall, utilizing slow-release nitrogen sources will always get you reliably predictable results.  The microbes in the soil are still active enough to feed the turf to sustain active growth and start packing away some carbohydrates for later use.  A nicely balanced fertilizer can yield the results you need to get.

In late Fall, you’re going to need to switch over to more quick release sources that will be immediately available to the plant.  Often times, this strategy can employ multiple application of “spoon feeding” shots to get the turf plant ready for dormancy.  

It’s noteworthy to mention that an emerging trend is to utilize water-soluble nutrient sources and applying them as liquids.  This tactic is more commonly being seen on greens but is also being used on tees and fairways in the right circumstance.

One last recommendation that I’d like to offer is that you perform a soil test before building your Fall application strategy.  Considering the gravity of the situation, having a complete understanding on what you need and don’t need will allow you to further dial in the precise nutrients you need, while still allowing you the opportunity to address it in time.

Yes, 2021 was exceptionally challenging for multiple reasons.  Unfortunately, turf doesn’t understand any of that…it only knows what it needs to thrive and perform it’s best.  The Fall fertilizer application will lay the foundation for the 2022 season in terms of plant and soil health.  Any decision to skip or skimp of this vital nutrient application simply seems like a bad gamble that’s not worth taking.

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The Basics of Understanding Mycorrhizae

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As the Fall aerification season creeps towards us, mycorrhizae again becomes a hot topic of conversation and discussion in the turf world. Even though it is one of the most utilized biostimulants, not everyone understands what they are and, more importantly, what benefit they can deliver. The symbiotic relationship between the turf plant and their mycorrhizae is fairly complex, so let’s breakdown a cursory review of “all things” mycorrhizae.

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What’s going on with the fertilizer market?

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I think we can agree that 2021 hasn’t been a typical year. The unusual amount of turmoil on the supply side of the industry has been anything but normal. The fertilizer market, specifically, has been especially problematic, as we’ve all seen a steady increase of fertilizer prices since the beginning of the year with no real signs that it will be retreating anytime soon.

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Strategies for Summer Stress

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Like the simple, yet incredibly suspenseful, two-note motif “shark” theme from Jaws, we all are sensing the feeling of approaching danger now that we’ve entered the month of June. It is the inevitability of managing turfgrass in the worst possible environmental conditions that demands us to be as prepared as we possibly can be to handle whatever Mother Nature is going to throw at us and our golf courses.

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Biostimulants in the Turf World

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As all turf managers know, weather conditions change across the season and this affects overall turf growth and health. Each growing season, the grass plant grows and develops in a constant interaction with the local environmental conditions. How “easy” or “hard” the season goes is a direct result of how well the turf could deal with, and respond to, these environmental and weather conditions.

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Atypical Aerification Practices for Putting Greens

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Ah, yes…Springtime is right around the corner, which almost certainly means that the joy of aerification is not too far behind. Most of us have our time-tested process and procedures well thought out and feel comfortable with completing the incredibly necessary cultural practice. The equipment has been serviced…the tines have been ordered…now we just wait until Mother Nature provides us the environmental window to get all the holes punched and let the putting greens breathe fresh air once again.

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2021 GIS Recap

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The Golf Industry Show went virtual this year, having to cancel its original plans of meeting in Las Vegas. Although we’re betting people missed the regular in-person format, the event still continued its tradition of providing lots of education, innovation, and fun. But, if you weren’t able to “attend”, don’t worry. We’ve got all the highlights for you right here.

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LebanonTurf Announces Winner of “Dog of the Year” Contest

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LebanonTurf, an industry-leading provider of innovative and high-performance plant nutrition for the golf and landscaping industries, has announced the winner of their annual “Dog of the Year” contest. After tallying the votes from this year’s Golf Industry Show, the winning dog is Floki, a 9-month-old border collie/mini poodle mix and the golf course dog at Scarboro Golf & Country Club in Toronto, Ontario.

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The Golf Industry’s Second Act

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Everyone loves a comeback story and there’s a simple reason why…we see ourselves in them – our resolve, our grit, our hope; because sooner or later we all hit the skids. It happens to everyone. At some point, we all wind up with our back against the wall and it’s at that exact moment a spotlight lands on our lives and shows us the way to a meaningful “second act”. That’s precisely where the golf industry was sitting early in 2020.

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Successful Goosegrass Management in Cool-Season Turf

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Goosegrass used to be a weed that only impacted southern and transitional regions in the country. If you had warm-season turf, you knew you were going to have to manage for this troublesome, persistent weed. But if you had cool-season turf, goosegrass was only a horror story you heard about…until recently at least. Over the past few growing seasons, the presence of goosegrass has been identified well into the Mid-Atlantic states and throughout the Midwest.

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