Magnesium’s impact on plants: Magnesium is a secondary macronutrient that is essential for plant life, playing a significant role in soil structure, and physical condition. Even minor magnesium deficiencies will weaken a plant, making it susceptible to many ailments. However, a major plant magnesium deficiency will cause significant stress that will eventually cause plant decline…. Read More »
Nutrient of the Month
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian Because of that century and a half old Liebig’s Law, we know that every nutrient is equally essential for plant health. However, when you look at nutrient’s functions, some simply do more work than others. So how important is phosphorous? If there were no phosphorous… Read More »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian Sulfur’s an interesting nutrient because it really falls in between a micro and macro nutrient. Like most macro nutrients, sulfur is responsible for structural formations within a plant. In addition, sulfur is responsible for enzyme production and reactions, like most micro-nutrients. Sulfur is often referred… Read More »
Nutrient of the Month – Sodium – Even though sodium is an essential element, we rarely think of it as part of our nutritional programs. Sodium is typically that evil nutrient that quickly becomes destructive to plants and soil structure. Because of osmotic pressure, moderate levels of sodium can suck moisture and nutrients in or out of plants, shrink roots, and diminish many of metabolic functions of a healthy plant.
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian Environmental pressure and golfers’ expectations have fostered the need for superintendents to have a comprehensive understanding of nitrogen’s function within the plant, as well as its precise management. I know most Superintendents are very responsible with the use of fertilizers and chemicals, but many home… Read More »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian Manganese “Life as we know it would not be possible without me.” Manganese is a micronutrient that is taken into the plant in extremely small quantities. Manganese never occurs in nature as a pure element, it immediately combines with oxygen or other elements. Manganese is… Read More »