Putting Green Maintenance: Pest Management – Insects, Diseases and Weeds

Posted by Demetro Carbone on August 12, 2016

The cultural practices discussed above are intended to develop fine putting greens as well as to reduce pest-related problems. Practices that promote healthy, dense turf also help prevent many pest problems. Proper mowing, fertilization and watering practices help resist invasions of weeds and reduce outbreaks of some diseases. However, even where recommended cultural practices are Read More

Putting Green Maintenance: Cultivation Improves Putting Greens

Posted by Demetro Carbone on August 5, 2016

Cultivation practices including spiking, coring, brushing, verticutting and topdressing affect putting quality more than they affect turf quality. Most of these practices are unique to putting green maintenance since they affect ball roll and ball holding. Spiking, coring and topdressing help soften the green and improve ball holding. Brushing, verticutting and topdressing reduce graininess and Read More

Putting Green Maintenance: Avoid Excess Nitrogen

Posted by Demetro Carbone on July 28, 2016

Fertilization practices affect growth rate, density, color, drought tolerance, disease activity and putting quality of golf greens. Ideally, nutrients should be available to the grass in amounts needed to maintain growth and color without increasing susceptibility to drought and disease and without increasing grain and thatch. Realistically, the superintendent should maintain adequate levels of phosphorous, Read More

Putting Green Maintenance: Greens Often Overwatered

Posted by Demetro Carbone on July 20, 2016

Watering practices have nearly as much effect on playability of greens as mowing practices. Wet greens provide poor playing conditions and lead to infestations of weeds and algae. Ball marks and foot printing are also problems on wet greens. On the other hand, dry greens are usually very hard and don’t hold a well-played golf Read More