A GIS Recap

Each year around the beginning of February, thousands of Golf Industry Professionals migrate to the Golf Industry Show (GIS) or “The Show” as we affectionately refer to it. GIS provides opportunities for education, networking and engaging with vendors who supply the industry with the necessary tools needed for these professionals to do their job.  According to the GCSAA, this year’s show saw attendance reach 13,600, a number that has not been seen since the days before the recession in the late 2000’s. The attendance numbers may not be what they were during the golf boom and the show floor may be a little smaller than in years past, but attendance numbers are a sign that the industry is still very healthy. Many of today’s attendees are taking time out of their schedule to make the journey to attend GIS where labor and budget dynamics challenge them on a daily basis.  They are taking advantage of the opportunity to better themselves through an array of educational seminars that are offered, share knowledge from past experiences with their peers and check out the latest and greatest from manufacturers.  Speaking of latest and greatest, FMC took advantage of GIS to introduce its newest innovation in the battle against Sedge and Kyllinga.  Dismiss® NXT will be available later this year, providing end users with a new, innovative solution to post emerge weed control. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of this industry in various aspects over the last 18 years. To this day, one thing that still impresses me the most and what makes this industry so unique, is the... read more
Zeroing in on Large Patch

Zeroing in on Large Patch

Here in the Southeast, most turf managers consider zoysiagrass a hardy, easily maintained turfgrass for use on home lawns, commercial turf areas and — of course — golf course fairways. Since zoysiagrass is drought tolerant, grows in any type of soil and requires minimal mowing, it’s often an attractive alternative to bermudagrass.
But zoysiagrass does have its downside. It is particularly susceptible to a disease commonly known as Large patch’ — caused by a strain of Rhizoctonia solani. Environmental conditions favoring Large patch development are cool soil temperatures and wet conditions. Visual symptoms can occur in the fall and spring as circular, discolored patches that expand over time.

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Guest Post: Preparing Your Lawn for Fall

Guest Post: Preparing Your Lawn for Fall

Late fall is the best time to prepare your lawn for the coming of winter and at the same time give it a great boost for next spring. Cool season grasses such as Kentucky Bluegrass, Fine Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass, Tall Fescue, Buffalograss and Creeping Bentgrass can all use a little fall prep.

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A Passion for Plants Leads to Life’s Work

A Passion for Plants Leads to Life’s Work

Greg Stewart’s love of plants and trees blossomed during his high school job at a local nursery in his hometown of Medford, Ore. But he joined the military upon graduation, determined to see the world. “I wanted to get away from southern Oregon, but when I got out of the service I realized the Valley wasn’t such a bad place to live,” says Stewart, referring to the lush Rogue Valley, dotted with vineyards and forests.

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