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 »
Mike's Tips - Mike Hamilton, CCA, shares his knowledge and expertise on plant health to help golf superintendents improve outcomes, have less waste, and maximize their efficiency. Check back monthly for new blog posts, especially his Nutrient of the Month column.
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian According to the National Weather Service, the winter of 2018-19 will be regulated by a strong El Nino ocean current. The forecast from the National Weather Service is that the winter of 2018-19 will be colder and wetter than the average for the southern states,… 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 »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian Not all of the challenges a Superintendent faces are soil related. Physical factors such as shade, poor water quality, lack of subsurface drainage, improper construction, steep contours, excess traffic, extreme weather, and pests can make growing healthy turf problematic even with perfect soil conditions. The… Read More »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian The standard testing methods to determine the nutrient content of the soil has been around for many decades. The lab data from testing soil for nutrient reserve is information that practically every Superintendent in the world knows how to analyze. However, guidelines and target ranges… Read More »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian The success of any crop starts with soil structure and soil components. The best golf course superintendent in the world will struggle or even fail when the soil he’s working with has poor structure. Whereas, if the soil structure is good the chance for success… Read More »