ecology

What We Talk About When We Talk About Disturbance

When I think about disturbance, I think primarily of verticutting and hollow-tine coring and sand topdressing and then brushing that sand in. Such an approach—one with disturbance—requires a faster growth rate too, and higher nutrient inputs, in order to recover from the disturbance.

Turf performance and the lifespan of individual grass leaves

This photo was taken 174 days after the ‘Tifeagle’ bermudagrass and ‘Wana’ manilagrass were planted as 3 cm diameter plugs on 1 October 2019. These particular pots have been fertilized with nitrogen only since then, with no P or K.

More about the most sustainable grass hypothesis

Looking down at Hat Lamai from the 8th tee at Royal Samui. I’ve written about a hypothesis for identifying the most sustainable grass. Paul Johnson wrote with some feedback on this hypothesis, and a few questions.

Rhubarb, custard, and the little green book

I’m planning to do a better job of coming up with good titles for articles and presentations. The modern master of titles may be Henry Bechelet, who wrote an article about aeration entitled “Rhubarb and Custard.