What causes disasters, expensive corrective measures, and deterioration of good golfing conditions?

When I moved my books to a different room, I was reminded that one of them contains this strongly-worded sentence.

These “disasters,” “expensive corrective measures,” and “deterioration of good golfing conditions” are completely avoidable. In fact, another of the books on those shelves has this quote:

“Fertilizer is the number one management tool. It is worth all the attention you can give it.”

How can we avoid the misuse of fertilizer, and instead take advantage of this “number one management tool” to achieve the results we are looking for? If you’d like to learn about techniques being used to do just this, and to hear from a few people using these techniques, here’s an eclectic list to get started:

  • Jason Haines wonders if feast or famine nutrient applications may be better than light and frequent.

  • Andrew McDaniel showed surfaces (and roots) produced without application of fertilizer P, Ca, or carbon—except the C in urea—for the past five years.

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