Category: Golf

Go Early with Pre-emergents in 2020!

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2019 was another year of record-making weather in the United States. The country experienced the second wettest year on record since statistics began to be logged over 125 years ago, eclipsed only by the year 1973. To make matters even worse, 2019 ranked as the 34th warmest year in the same period. Over the past ten years, we’ve experienced the hottest and wettest decade than any other 10 year period. And there’s no sign of this startling trend changing anytime soon. So what impact does this alarming weather pattern have on our industry?

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A Tale of Many Climates

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It’s 2020, and our society is going global with each passing day. No matter where you are, you can get anything on Amazon shipped to your house in two days. Social media connects us to people across the world in an instant. But one thing that has to stay local–and will never be universalized–is your turf management plan.

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Granular vs. Liquid Fertilizers

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You know as well as the next superintendent, that fertilizer is critical to promote healthy, playable turf conditions. When it comes to choosing the products you use, the various forms will have an enormous impact on how well the turf responds and how much it will impact your impact your maintenance budget.

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Calling All Dogs

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A look into our Dog Days of Golf Calendar in collaboration with GCSAA

It’s that time of year again where we at LebanonTurf, along with the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America (GCSAA), get to know a new round of golf dogs. Every year, we take submissions from golf courses all over the country who want their pal to be featured in our Dog Days of Golf Calendar. And each year, one of these lucky calendar dogs is chosen as our Dog of the Year, which comes with some pretty great perks.

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2019 GIS Recap

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It was another successful year for LebanonTurf at the greatest show in golf, the Golf Industry Show (GIS) in San Diego. Attendees chose a new Dog of the Year, Rosie from Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club and we had two winners take home new Apple Watches: Michael Rayman of University of Illinois Golf Practice Facility and Jared Brewster of Highland Springs Country Club.

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It’s Show Time

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A look at GIS and other things to come in 2019

If you read our last blog of 2018, then you got a look back on some of our best moments of the last year. And although 2019 may bring some similar moments, we are looking forward to creating some new experiences for you and your customers. With that being said, let’s take a look at just a few of the things we have in store for this year.

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It’s a Ruff Life

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A day in the life of a golf dog

It’s no secret that at LebanonTurf we have a soft spot for our furry, four-legged companions. From our sponsorship with the GCSAA Dog Day’s of Golf Calendar to our partnership at the Golf Industry Show with K9’s for Warriors and Flyaway Geese, we love to see pups with a purpose.

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Planning for Success in 2019!

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If you’re like most superintendents, part of the draw of managing golf courses is the fact that you like working outside. Unfortunately, from time to time, being a superintendent does require significant amounts of time being spent inside your office. When you feel a chill in the air and see the leaves on the trees start to change color, you know it’s time to begin the annual ritual of preparing the next season’s budget and maintenance schedules.

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PGA Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary at Bellerive Country Club

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LebanonTurf keeps course looking lush in national spotlight

When you are hosting the PGA Championship, it’s a big deal. But when you are hosting the 100th PGA Championship, it becomes an even bigger deal. So, it isn’t surprising to know that Carlos Arraya, director of grounds and agronomy at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, had preparations going months in advance of the championship.

“I told the staff and the entire volunteer team, that it’s the 100th — so we had been preparing for that for some time. It was a special day on the calendar and anniversary for the PGA, and a lot of hard work had gone into that,” said Arraya.

Bellerive Country Club is a unique course that features different varieties of turfgrass like zoysia and fescue. Both do well with high traffic and stripe nicely, meaning Arraya knew the turf would present well visually both in person and on television.

Zoysia, a warm-season turf is tolerant to heat and wear. Fescue is a cool-season turf but shares many of the same attributes as zoysia such as being more resistant to heat and wear.

Senior assistant superintendent, Jared Brewster thinks Bellerive Country Club might have the densest rough he’s ever seen because of the LebanonTurf fertilizer applications.

“You can get zoysia tighter but not as healthy as we have right now all throughout the course,” Brewster said.

Meaning that the turfgrass is as thick as it can be while still remaining healthy. Brewster attributes this to the Lebanon ProScape® 25-0-5 1% Fe 51% MESA® which they use a half-pound Nitrogen at a time.

“It’s a good blend of ammoniacal, nitrogen plus urea — little bit of slow release so it gives us about a month’s worth of feeding for the turf and keeps it lush. It does have a lot of iron in it too and gives it that good color so, we like it.”

Bellerive Country Club uses this slow-release product on their roughs and fairways in the fall and spring to keep their turfgrass in good condition.

“We find ways to incorporate it every year because it’s done a good job for us. Basically, that’s the exclusive brand we use on those surfaces,” Arraya said about the ProScape 25-0-5.

ProScape 25-0-5 1% Fe 51% MESA® is one of Lebanon’s proprietary fertilizers that use MESA technology. MESA is an innovative nitrogen source that combines the benefits of methylene urea with ammonium sulfate in a single, homogeneous granule. Meth-Ex® 40 slows down the release of the ammonium sulfate. This combination provides brilliant color, quick initial response and long-term feeding all without excessive surge growth while iron adds additional color benefit.

Overall, the 100th PGA Championship was just as thrilling as it is every year but something about the anniversary made it even more special — as well as the whole staff and crew at Bellerive Country Club.

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