Research You Should Know Updates from the Turfgrass and Environmental Research Staff
Improving The Cold Tolerance, Pest Resistance And Overall Quality Of Zoysiagrass
Zoysiagrass is a warm-season grass that has already helped golf courses in the transition zone to use resources more efficiently. The USGA has supported zoysiagrass development at Texas A&M University since 1983. A partnership between Texas A&M, Kansas State University and Purdue University has produced interesting recent developments in zoysiagrass breeding.
Researchers Compare Removing Aeration Cores With Core Recycling
Topdressing sand can be very expensive and it may be difficult to find sand that matches the existing rootzone material. For these reasons, some courses are recycling their aeration cores by breaking them up and reincorporating the material into the aeration holes. Researchers at Iowa State University are studying this practice and have some interesting preliminary results.
Monarchs In The Rough
Monarch butterfly populations have declined significantly. Fortunately, golf courses can make a difference in butterfly and pollinator conservation. Monarchs in the Rough is a pollinator protection program that helps golf courses establish monarch habitat and here is how your facility can get involved.
Fraise Mowing Enhances Bermudagrass Control
Prolonged disruption to golf is often cited as the greatest roadblock to regrassing with a superior variety of bermudagrass. Researchers from the University of Arkansas and the University of Tennessee teamed up to determine if fraise mowing could help control unwanted varieties and accelerate the conversion process.
Breeding For "Wintergreen" Turf Saves Water
Researchers at universities across the country are working to develop warm-season grasses with improved cold tolerance and better winter color so that more golf courses can benefit from potential resource savings. Ongoing research is yielding some promising results.
Wetting Agents And Winter Injury
Protecting ultradwarf bermudagrass putting greens from injury during winter can be challenging for many reasons. Fortunately, researchers at the University of Arkansas are investigating ways to mitigate the risks. Discover how wetting agents could play an important role in protecting putting greens from winter damage in the future.
Benefits Of Light And Frequent Topdressing
Topdressing is an important management practice, but today's ultra-dense turfgrasses can complicate the incorporation of topdressing sands applied to putting greens. So, researchers at Rutgers University have been exploring the effects of using fine topdressing sands on putting green performance. The results of their research look promising.
Genesis And Prevention of Layers In Putting Green Rootzone Profiles
An interesting phenomenon has been observed in putting green rootzones: layers of clay or iron forming deep within the rootzone profile. To better understand these layers and their potential implications on putting green performance, the USGA funded research at the University of Wisconsin. While the research is ongoing, here are some preliminary results.
USGA Recommendations: The Revision And Key Changes
The USGA Recommendations for a Method of Putting Green Construction have been successfully used by golf courses around the world. A comprehensive review process has kept the Recommendations up-to-date with the latest research and technology for almost 60 years. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the review process and a sneak peek at some changes for 2018.