Fall Annual Bluegrass Control Options

The widely accepted annual bluegrass control option of a post emergence selective material applied during the growing season can be effective for the elimination of annual bluegrass. There are many products available for this strategy. It is commonplace to start applying materials during the spring and conclude before the cooling fall months of the […]

Methods for Monitoring Your Golf Course for Insects

Monitoring your course for insects can be an important component in your turf management strategies. Finding the insects that can damage your golf course is a critical tool. Some insects can be controlled preventively, others curatively. But either way, monitoring for the insect can help you better understand the timing and management of these […]

The Lawn Care Business

As with many business models, the lawn care industry has changed in recent years. Several key areas of change include the advancement of pesticides, an informed clientele and emerging technology. No matter the size of the business, some changes are common throughout the lawn care industry.

New pesticides are becoming available to the lawn care operator (LCO) […]

A Spring Sports Turf Program for Broadleaf Weed Control

Spring of the year and weed control — where do you start? There are two concepts to control broadleaf weeds: preemergence and postemergence. Both of the strategies need to be constructed to fit the specific sports-turf site’s needs. The manager must consider how much play will be on the field during this time. Different types […]

By |February 15th, 2014|0 Comments

The Dreaded Artillery Fungus

Landscape mulch is commonly used to decorate the base of trees, shrubs, flowerbeds and other ornamental plantings. Mulch helps maintain soil moisture, suppress weeds and enhance the aesthetic beauty of the landscape. Who doesn’t like a neat, evenly applied layer of mulch to provide the impression of a well-maintained and highly valued property? In the […]

By |February 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Stanley J. Zontek Turfgrass Endowment

Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc. and Penn State create Stanley J. Zontek Turfgrass Endowment

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On Aug. 28, the USGA, the golf turfgrass industry and the Penn State Turfgrass Program lost a dear friend and colleague, Stanley Zontek. To honor his contributions to the golf turf industry and his love for Penn State, […]

By |January 14th, 2014|0 Comments

The Unstoppable Poa annua

For good or bad, Poa annua (or annual bluegrass) has been part of the golf industry for more than 100 years. During this time, a few golf course superintendents have successfully managed to propagate unique, perennial strains of Poa annua that possess unbelievably high turf quality. In fact, most U.S. Open tournaments played in the past […]

By |January 5th, 2014|0 Comments

Snow Mold Management Strategies for the Athletic Field Manager

In order for athletic-field managers to develop effective management strategies for snow molds, they must have a proper understanding of the respective disease cycles, pathogen biology and epidemiology, as well as the ability to adequately diagnose the disease based on symptoms, signs and other indicators. Two important cool-season diseases receive widespread attention from turf managers — […]

By |October 11th, 2013|0 Comments

Fertilizer Restrictions and the Chesapeake Bay: What’s Down the Road?

If you apply or sell turfgrass fertilizer as part of your job, you’ve probably heard that nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers are on the legislative hot seat. Several states are either considering or have enacted legislation involving nutrient restrictions for turf. Due to a new program developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pennsylvania and the […]

By |October 7th, 2013|0 Comments

Tank-Mixing for Effective Foliar Fertilization

As the direct spray applica- tion of plant-available nutrients, foliar fertilization is used to (1) quickly reverse nutrient deficiencies, (2) enhance the uptake of soluble nutrient forms that are incompatible with current soil chemical conditions and/or (3) uniformly deliver low rates of nutrients. In-season, foliar treatment of golf course putting greens is a particularly well-suited alternative […]

By |September 5th, 2013|0 Comments