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Understanding Water Relations in Mixes for Sand-Channel Drains

Managing soil water is one of the more important aspects of managing golf course turf but probably one of the least understood. One common misconception is the idea that soil permeability (infiltration rate) is the same as water retention. Read more...

Sand Grown Sod Revisited

I have been employed in the turfgrass industry for 40 years this year, and I am now convinced I will go to my grave (or the crematorium) not understanding sod transplant problems or lack thereof. In most cases where the installation and post installation care are done properly, there are no problems. I wish that was always the case. But before you even talk about maintenance, you must select the sod. Read more...

Understanding Your Soil Test Report

Soil physical testing is an important first step in the successful construction of quality planting soils for golf, sports fields, and landscapes. Due to the technical nature of the soil physics testing, some people have difficulty understanding the testing, what are reasonable expectations of soil testing, and what the test values mean. I prepared this article to offer an explanation of the more common soil physical tests. Read more...

We Speak the Same Language but...

... sometimes when you talk to your local sand and aggregate supplier about sand and drainage materials, you might as well be speaking Russian. Golf course superintendents use sand and gravel materials for many applications on the golf course, including new green and tee construction, greens topdressing, bunker sands, fairway topdressing, and other uses. Read more...