Snow mold is arguably one of the toughest diseases to manage. If you do not prepare to prevent it, prepare for a battle in the spring for recovery. A preventative approach is critical to great control. Even with the best practices, there are many variables that can affect control and ultimately create very undesirable turf in the spring. Required spring maintenance practices are already time consuming. Do not add to your list by “short-changing” your preventative approach to snow mold control this fall.
This year has been a challenge on all fronts! Turfgrass health has been significantly compromised as a result of the summer’s endless rains, and we have a much weaker plant and soil ecosystem moving into winter. So, what key things can you do as the season comes to a close to stack the deck in your favor?
The start of winter is usually a welcome sight for most Turf Managers. After a season filled with long hours and demanding work, winter gives turfers a chance to slow down, regroup, and rest. However, after a few weeks of down time, these men and women who are so used to working hard start to get stir-crazy and are chomping at the bit to get back outside. Here are my top 3 tips to stay productive and keep that sense of accomplishment while slowing down over the winter.
As the calendar turns to 2018, many Turf Managers begin to prepare for the upcoming season. Preparations take on many forms. During my time as a Golf Course Superintendent, I took great pride in evaluating the previous season and establishing goals for the next season. So I thought I’d share with you the 5 criteria I used to evaluate our programs each year in hopes they may help you in this time of preparation.
It is tough to maintain grass at any time. This year we experienced our August in September! This has stressed the turf going into a time when the grass is supposed to rejuvenate itself. There has been extensive research that indicates that dormant feeding can be very beneficial. So, what are the best practices for dormant feeding?