There are numerous cool-season grasses used for golf turf, each with different strengths and weaknesses. The “old-school” ways of managing inputs by indiscriminately using pesticides, fertilizers and water have changed dramatically. Modern golf course superintendents increasingly work toward being better environmental stewards and to combat the public perception that golf courses are environmentally harmful. Turf breeders continue to develop new grasses and varieties that require fewer inputs, and therefore superintendents now have better tools to adjust to the increasingly volatile legal landscape related to environmental stewardship. Thus, golf course superintendents must continue to adapt, and problem solve in order to find and use best practices while keeping turf playable, persistent, and aesthetically pleasing. Planting and maintaining superior grasses will help meet these goals.
Attendees will discuss and learn:
- Pros and cons of new cool-season turfgrass breeds specifically for reduced inputs
- How to properly select the cultivars proven to utilize less fertilizer, chemicals, and water
- Management strategies and practices to achieve desired improvement outcomes with cool-season turfgrasses