On February 28, 2020, I cut some Wana manilagrass rhizomes to a two node length and planted those two node rhizomes in four sand-filled pots. After eight days, I applied the first fertilizer treatment.
The recording of my seminar about “How MLSN Works” is now available on YouTube.
I want to correct something. At the very end, I misstated that irrigation water normally has 20 to 60 ppm (mg/L) potassium.
I made a few small updates to the MLSN K calculator. This was the first Shiny app I made, back in 2014. You can see all of them—the Turf Twitter ones, the Hargreaves ET calculator, irrigation requirement demos, PACE Turf’s GP avatar generator, and more, at the ATC Shiny apps page.
Monthly soil and leaf samples were collected from the 11th green at Keya Golf Club during the 2019 growing season. Andrew McDaniel and I wanted to look at the annual range of values, and changes over time, for soil and leaf nutrients.
A friend gave me a beautiful card yesterday and wrote “perhaps you can use this Taraxacum officinale [dandelion] in some capacity.”
I certainly can.
Contining with the topic of my last post—cases in which low nutrient levels are desirable—the mention of dandelions reminds me of another case in which I’d adjust fertilizer recommendations.
Who would have thought that adding potassium would increase disease? I enjoyed talking with Doug Soldat about this research when he presented “Potassium fertilization affects microdochium patch severity on creeping bentgrass” by Bier et al.
It’s not pretty. In fact, the grass gets horrendous in a hurry when it runs out of potassium (K). Which is why, as a turfgrass manager, one wants to make sure the grass is always supplied with enough K.
Doug Soldat has photos showing more snow mold where potassium fertilizer was applied. Where potassium was not applied, there is less snow mold.
Tried something new this year. Top left high K for six yrs, but no K after Aug 2016.
Play on frosted bentgrass greens in Japan is not uncommon. Winston Mirmow’s thesis on Fall potassium fertilization and winter traffic effects on a creeping bentgrass putting green has some surprising results.