growth potential

Growing bentgrass in tropical heat

Bentgrass grows more—or at least it produces more clippings for a while—when temperatures are higher than optimum for net photosynthesis. This means that you’ll typically see more clippings when the temperature is above the optimum for cool-season grass, even though the growth potential (GP) goes down at those high temperatures.

Updated spreadsheets for sand topdressing by GP

The PACE Turf topdressing rate spreadsheets have been updated with a new default starting value for monthly maximum topdressing sand. US units spreadsheet Metric units spreadsheet

Putting green organic matter by depth in the soil

I watched the Greenkeeper App meeting about organic matter, and I recommend you do too. The video has Doug Soldat, Bill Kreuser, and Roch Gaussoin talking about soil organic matter, rootzones, sand topdressing, and turf performance.

Sand topdressing by growth rate and clipping volume

Does this sound about right? Matching sand topdressing to the growth of the grass works out pretty good when applying 1 cm3 of sand for every 1 cm3 of clipping volume.

Temperature-based growth potential (GP) in April and November

I’ve sometimes explained the temperature-based turfgrass growth potential (GP) of PACE Turf in relation to the grass conditions at the Masters Tournament. The playing conditions at the Masters are superb, and the cool-season grass in that season is growing at near optimum temperatures.

Genki level pamphlet

I put the series of genki level (GL) blog posts together into this 17 page pamphlet. The pamphlet explains how one can calculate the genki level from the actual N supplied as fertilizer compared to a standard amount of N for any time duration.

The turfgrass genki level, part 5: what's real, what's not, & the simplicity of this

In this series of posts, I’ve showed how one can start with temperatures and go all the way to a standardized comparison of growth in response to nitrogen supply. In this one, I want to emphasize which of these are real, which aren’t real but are useful, and to make an argument that this is a lot easier than it might seem.

The turfgrass genki level, part 4: a normalized comparison of N fertilizer to growth rate

The amount of nitrogen (N) supplied over a certain time duration, compared to a standard amount, is what I call the genki level (GL). And the amount of clippings harvested over a certain time duration, compared to a standard amount, is what Jason Haines calls the turfgrass speedo.

The turfgrass genki level, part 3: turf growth response measured by clippings

In part 2, I showed how the ratio of N applied to standard N gives an indication of how much one is pushing the grass to grow. I call that the genki level (GL).

The turfgrass genki level, part 2: showing N applied in relation to standard N

I showed in part 1 how one can go from temperature to a temperature-based growth potential to a standard N amount. By looking at the actual N applied, and comparing that amount to the standard N for any location, one gets what I call the genki level.