Flights and favorite turf photos of 2020

This is usually where I show a map with all my flights, mention that they took me some hundred thousands of kilometers, and then share some of my favorite turf photos from all the places I went.

Numerical notes from Nikanti GC

I spent a morning with Brad Revill at Nikanti GC last month. I wanted to see the course, get some measurements, see the clipping volume measurement, and talk about turf management with Brad.

Experiment update: fertilizer response at planting

I showed the appearance of two greens-type grasses—Tifeagle and a greens-type manilagrass—in this post. That post had photos of the grasses, 28 days after planting, when fertilized with N only, with N + P + K, and with N + P + K + dolomite.

Fertilizer response at planting

I wondered what would happen if I added P and K and dolomite, or withheld those elements, from some turf I planted recently at ATC南店. Tifeagle 28 days after planting in coconut coir as 3 cm diameter plugs.

Can you spot the grass that did not get enough water?

One of the most interesting articles I read last year was Drought responses of above-ground and below-ground characteristics in warm-season turfgrass by Zhang et al. That article describes the drought response after 3 weeks with irrigation withheld:

Drought, bermudagrass, and zoysiagrass

There’s an interesting article by Zhang et al. about warm-season grass and what happened under water scarce conditions during 21 day dry down periods. This article, Drought responses of above-ground and below-ground characteristics in warm-season turfgrass, reports on an experiment in which bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon), manilagrass (Zoysia matrella), Japanese lawngrass (Zoysia japonica), and St.

Four reasons zoysia should be a poor choice for California

I’ve been asked about zoysia suitability for California, particularly northern parts of California, many times. Every time, I give the same answer. In such a relatively cool climate, and in such a relatively sunny and dry climate, Cynodon seems like a much better choice.

Flights and favorite turf photos of 2017

As I say at the end of every year, it has been another extraordinary year for studying grass around the world. See these links for some of my favorite photos (and flight maps) from 2015 and 2016.

Year to date rain, and bermudagrass quality

Yesterday I wrote that bermudagrass fairways in Thailand wouldn’t be as good as they are in the Algarve because of climate differences. The cumulative rain so far this year makes a nice illustration of this.

How to lose 120 million yen with frost delays

I’m bombarded at this time of year with reminders, notices, descriptions, and articles telling me about the importance of frost delays. Apparently, frost delays are essential for the health of the turf.