Episodes
Maggie Reiter joined me to reminisce about the grasses one can find at the back of the 7th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links, to consider soil test results for lawns, what the biggest problems are on lawns and whether solutions exists, and much more. Maggie is a Data Scientist at Sunday, https://www.getsunday.com/The blog post with the photo of grasses at Pebble Beach is: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/flights-turf-photos/We discussed EPA ecoregion maps, which you can read more about at...
Published 03/30/24
This is a follow-up to the episode last week when I mentioned that I was looking at snow outside, that the light would be ample for growth, but the temperatures were below freezing and thus temperature was limiting the growth. I discuss the new blog post that shows those light data. An example of ample DLI: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/an-example-of-ample-dli/ The USGA Green Section Record with the fine podcast, frost research, Pat Jones article, and much more:...
Published 03/22/24
The growth potential converts air temperature to a 0 to 1 (or 0 to 100%) scale. Of course, there are a lot more things that affect actual growth, including light, nitrogen, and water. I discuss these and why I'm not so convinced that adding a light factor to GP makes it more useful. The blog post discussed here is https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/light-and-gp-again/ This calculator finds full sun PPFD and DLI for any location on any date:...
Published 03/16/24
This episode goes through a lot of updates from both the ATC and the PACE Turf websites. Topics discussed include OM246, the problem with frequent soil testing, the problem when getting soil tests done by some fertilizer companies, normal N content of grass leaves, and coefficient of uniformity (Cu) of rootzone sands. More information and and decision-making tools at https://www.paceturf.org/, this episode's sponsor. Blog posts discussed...
Published 03/10/24
Adam Moeller joined me to discuss how to manage greens in 2024. We talked about his research at Purdue University on sand and bentgrass and coring and N rates, and about clipping volume and OM246 testing and how we might manage turf and look at sands today. This post got the Doublecut introduction, about how to figure out an estimate of N harvest from clippings, and how to systematically adjust N rate based on turfgrass growth ratio:...
Published 02/17/24
Brian joined me to discuss his recommended soil sampling strategy for an 18 hole golf course. We also discussed what he teaches in a 2 hour GCSAA seminar on physical testing. Mavis Consulting website with lots of resources: http://mavisconsulting.com/ This blog post on soil sampling got the Doublecut treatment: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/composite-samples-1/ Brian's article on turf testing techniques from GCM magazine:...
Published 02/13/24
The 2018 article by Bryan and Tyler Hopkins, "Carbon: the next frontier in fertilization?" concludes that we "should not be fertilizing with carbon." Bryan joined me to discuss this article. The blog post about their article remains one of the top viewed on the ATC website, six years after publication: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/is-carbon-the-next-frontier-in-fertilization/ Original article from Crops & Soils: https://doi.org/10.2134/cs2018.51.0307 My calculation of how much...
Published 02/10/24
Zoysiagrass can seed year round when the conditions are right. In this episode, I discuss what those conditions are, share some tools for getting a site-specific sand topdressing estimate, describe the reshuffling of top posts on the ATC website, and discuss using a line laser to measure the effective height of cut. I have also recently been the guest on The Tie podcast and on The Talking Greenkeeper. Listen to those episodes and then let me know if you think the philosophy of greenkeeping I...
Published 02/03/24
Joe Gulotti, The Talking Greenkeeper, joined me to discuss the ATC blog posts that received the fewest views in 2023. We give these topics one more chance, while talking about quality of ball roll, playability, fertilizer, surface firmness, seminars, translation, and much more. The blog post with these 10 blog post "bombs" is https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/ten-posts-no-one-read-2023/ Joe's The Talking Greenkeeper podcast is at...
Published 01/28/24
With Google Analytics I can check the pages on the ATC website that get the most views. These were the ten posts from 2023 that got the most pageviews. These posts are listed, with direct links to each, at https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/ten-posts-no-one-read-2023/ Read more about all kinds of turfgrass topics at https://www.asianturfgrass.com/Get ATC newsletters at https://subscribepage.com/atc_newslettersTurfgrass information and decision-making tools at https://www.paceturf.org/PACE...
Published 01/22/24
I looked through my "Flights and favorite turf photos" post to see what I learned, or what I was reminded of, through these photos. I discuss N rate, grass species, dormancy, traffic, leaf area, crew size, Poa annua, pesticides, and a lot more. This is the post I discussed: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/flights-favorite-turf-photos-2023/ I mentioned my book "A Short Grammar of Greenkeeping" https://leanpub.com/short_grammar_of_greenkeeping Here are some related videos: - About spouter...
Published 01/14/24
In 2018, I delivered four presentations/classes at the Continue to Learn education conference in Harrogate, England. Deb Burnett and Sami Strutt from BIGGA joined me to discuss how an education program gets put together and evaluated. The Doublecut post was: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/four-presentations-at-btme/BIGGA website: https://www.bigga.org.uk/BTME website: https://www.btme.org.uk/Continue to Learn website: https://www.btme.org.uk/continue-to-learn.htmlRead more about all...
Published 01/10/24
Chris Tritabaugh joined me to discuss sand topdressing, a long-running conversation we've been having with Dr. John Kaminski, the quantities of sand and N that are recommended vs. the amounts that seem to be required in modern turf maintenance, and much more. We discussed this post from the ATC website about nitrogen, coring, and sand: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/i-was-surprised-to-read-this-about-nitrogen-coring-and-sand/ Chris and I spoke about a similar topic in this ATC Office...
Published 01/08/24
Janne Lehto from Hirsala Golf joined me to discuss robotic automowers. Hirsala Golf currently has a fleet of 36 machines, mowing all fairways and 75% of the rough with these autonomous mowers. We discussed mowing heights, some of the interesting benefits that come with using these types of machines, and discussed a few drawbacks. Find Janne on Intstagram at https://www.instagram.com/gcc_jannenestori/His website is https://turfgrassmastery.fi/ Janne and I talked about automowers in this Cart...
Published 01/05/24
I talked about some recent blog posts, including updated #OM246 sampling instructions, there is no such thing as an MLSN nitrogen rate, soil samples cannot dry too much, and more. Links to these posts are:- https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/mlsn-is-not-gp/- PACE climate appraisal form https://www.paceturf.org/journal/climate- https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/updated-om246-sampling-instructions/- https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/seminars-and-conferences-past-present-and-future/-...
Published 12/24/23
Can soil surfactant (wetting agent) applications be scheduled based on site temperatures? Can a growing degree day model work for this? Dr. Bill Kreuser, president of Greenkeeper, joined me to discuss his exciting progress with this research. - ATC blog post on what wetting agents really do: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/what-do-wetting-agents-really-do/- Greenkeeper website post on this new era in wetting agent programming:...
Published 12/18/23
Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Perth, Western Australia has creeping bentgrass greens and sometimes sees high temperatures over 40 °C. Course superintendent Fraser Brown joined me to discuss how he and the maintenance team manage the grass in this year-round golfing climate. Find Fraser on X at https://twitter.com/FraserJBrown_ Read the ATM profile "From Kingussie to Karrinyup" about Fraser: https://files.asianturfgrass.com/2023_atm_fraser_brown.pdf We discussed growing bentgrass in tropical...
Published 11/13/23
I spoke with Michael Bekken about normal nitrogen rates, why they vary so much, why that matters, what a normal N rate linked to growth potential (GP) might be, and greenhouse gas emissions from turfgrass maintenance. We talked about: - how to keep up with turf info from ATC and PACE Turf, https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/whats-the-best-way-to-keep-up/- ATC newsletters, https://www.asianturfgrass.com/newsletter/- Bekken et al. on golf course nitrogen use efficiency:...
Published 11/10/23
Dr. Chas Schmid has been involved with many of the same topics I often study and consider---sand topdressing, potassium fertilization, soil organic matter, putting green performance, and so on. His data, and plenty of photographic evidence, also show that there can be completely different outcomes than what I might have expected. We discuss this, on a range of topics, in this episode. - Follow Chas on X: https://twitter.com/Chas_Schmid- We discussed as a starting point, this blog post:...
Published 10/31/23
This considers fertilizer programs, whether research can be misleading when fertilizer is applied at fixed rates on calendar schedules, and why I'm excited about the utility of the growth ratio. Blog posts discussed include:- https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/already-proving-to-be-more-valuable-than-i-originally-expected/- https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/coring-three-times-a-year-is-recommended-when/ Read more about all kinds of turfgrass topics at https://www.asianturfgrass.com/Get ATC...
Published 10/29/23
I was a co-author, in 2013, of an article with the title "Documenting your progress toward sustainability." Jon Wall joined me to discuss this topic, and to consider whether keeping track of annual totals of inputs and resource use in a few key areas can be a meaningful way to document sustainable land management practices in the golf industry. The blog post we discussed, with a link to the full article, is at:...
Published 10/23/23
I flipped through four recent blog posts, about zoysia seedheads on putting greens, the practical question of how much organic matter (or total organic material is too much), seminars in France, circle mows, and botanical walks to find grass growing in nature. Links to these posts...
Published 10/22/23
Chris Tritabaugh joined me to discuss the #bobbletest scoring scale and the overall utility of this test. It is used for assessing the smoothness and trueness of ball roll on golf course putting greens. I find the measurements useful as a way to systematically adjust maintenance work. The blog post we discussed, with a link to the "Perfectly True" article, and with the ATC scoring scale, is: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/bobble-test-rating-scale/ Two more videos on this topic are: -...
Published 10/18/23
Dr. John Rowland from the USGA Green Section Florida region joined me to discuss soil sampling, seasonal soil pH changes, plus sampling and testing methodology for total organic material (#OM246) tests. We discussed this post: https://www.asianturfgrass.com/post/seasonal-soil-ph-change/ See articles by Dr. Rowland, including the one we discussed about organic material testing, at https://tic.lib.msu.edu/tgif/flink?name=Rowland,%20John Read more about all kinds of turfgrass topics at...
Published 10/11/23