Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian There’s good news and bad news when it comes to calcium management. The bad news is the plant has a difficult time taking up calcium, due to its size and strong electrical charge. The good news is calcium is so abundant in most soils in… 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 Of all the components of soil, organic matter is the most essential; but conversely, the most obstructive and the most misunderstood. Organic matter provides a reservoir for nutrients, microorganisms, carbohydrates, organic compounds, and water. However, if organic matter becomes too dense, it can exhaust oxygen… Read More »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian People love trees and think it is a sin to cut down healthy trees. After all, not only are trees beautiful, but many are older than the oldest human. Additionally they benefit man by absorbing potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide… Read More »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian “I’m a personal trainer for plants.” When thinking about what nutrients to apply to get your turf as strong as possible, boron may not be on your radar. So, why is boron the nutrient of the month in March? Because March is the month where… Read More »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian Increasing Microbial Populations by Incorporating Organic Carbon Sources If you’re looking to increase microbial activity in soil you must develop or maintain a cultural program that produces an optimal environment, or at least one more favorable in terms of aeration, moisture, pH, and organic production… Read More »
Written by Mike Hamilton, CCA & President of Turf Dietitian “I’m the Diva of Plant Nutrients” Potassium is a vital component for the healthy development of plants. Dissimilar to nitrogen and phosphorus, potassium is not used in any structural formation of a plant. Potassium is found within the plant cell solution, and is responsible for… Read More »