Turf In Focus: Floods Bring Unique Challenges for Turf Management Professionals

This month’s Turf In Focus features a strange situation that a turf management professional found himself in after a flood. Superintendent Galen Evans of Laytonsville Golf Course in Gaithersburg, MD, found a large fish stranded on the turf after flood waters had receded. Though finding a fish on the fairway may not be typical, turf management professionals expect the unexpected when they go to work! A victim of yesterday’s flooding found near 4 fairway. pic.twitter.com/Moco2fIw8b — Galen Evans (@turfmanPSU) May 17, 2014 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as this that you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCturf or just add the #TurfInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a turf care professional, you often come across interesting situations. Strange turf diseases. Huge fire ant mounds. And for some of you, even the occasional alligator. Many of you take pictures to document these encounters, and as true turf enthusiasts, we want to see them and share them with the world! That’s why FMC Turf Wire runs Turf In Focus, a monthly feature highlighting some of the most eye-catching photographs captured by turf management professionals on the...

Turf In Focus: Mole Crickets Emerge on Golf Courses

This month’s Turf In Focus features a series of mole cricket themed images. The first image shows a mole cricket captured by superintendent Anthony Hooks of Due Process Stables Golf Course in Colts Neck, New Jersey. The second picture, showing a dead mole cricket, was taken by superintendent Kasey Kauff of The Country Club of Orlando in Orlando, Florida. The third shows a “mole cricket cavalry” and was taken by assistant superintendent Dylan Stafford of Eagle Landing Golf Club in Jacksonville, Florida. A pervasive and destructive turfgrass pest, mole crickets can be controlled through proper application of turf insecticides such as Triple Crown® Golf insecticide.* Are you kidding me?? Found a mole cricket in my pitfall trap! I’m in central NJ!! pic.twitter.com/yHqoVXCttJ — anthony hooks (@AhooksHooks) April 21, 2014 You’re down in the dumps and think nothing could possible cheer you up, then a dead mole cricket saves the daypic.twitter.com/58SBVGC0nE — Kasey Kauff (@KaseyKauff) March 21, 2014 Mole cricket calvary in town today. Slicing and dicing. pic.twitter.com/bU0WxmOICA — Dylan Stafford (@Sneaky_short) March 26, 2014 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as these that you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCturf or just add the #TurfInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a turf care professional, you often come across interesting situations. Strange turf diseases. Huge fire ant mounds. And for some of you, even the occasional alligator. Many of you take pictures to document these encounters, and as true turf enthusiasts, we want to...

Turf In Focus: Turf Management Team Burns Native Grass

For this month’s Turf In Focus, we are featuring an image from the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay from Harrison, Tennessee. The turf management team at Bear Trace burned away an area of native grassland in order to rejuvenate the area. Setting fire to turfgrass might sound dangerous, but the crew took the proper precautions to control the fire and to minimize the risk. Looks like a good day for a controlled burn of native areas. #SustainablePractices pic.twitter.com/eID5tGlPnF — Bear Trace @ HB (@BearTraceHB) March 25, 2014 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as this one that you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCturf or just add the #TurfInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a turf care professional, you often come across interesting situations. Strange turf diseases. Huge fire ant mounds. And for some of you, even the occasional alligator. Many of you take pictures to document these encounters, and as true turf enthusiasts, we want to see them and share them with the world! That’s why FMC Turf Wire runs Turf In Focus, a monthly feature highlighting some of the most eye-catching photographs captured by turf management professionals on the...

Turf In Focus: Winter Turf Management Recipe for Success

For this month’s Turf In Focus, we are featuring an image from Ken Lochridge of Glen Head Country Club in Glen Head, New York. As the temperatures drop, superintendents have to employ whatever winter turf management techniques they can to keep the grass alive. Ken’s winter turf management recipe for successfully thawing a golf course involves a little bit of sunshine, a dash of snow blower action and, voila, the turfgrass reappears! I’d say the snow blower and the sun did it’s job. pic.twitter.com/Bjn2mUTgFW — Ken (@kenlochridge) February 24, 2014 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as this photograph of winter turf management that you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCturf or just add the #TurfInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a turf care professional, you often come across interesting situations. Strange turf diseases. Huge fire ant mounds. And for some of you, even the occasional alligator. Many of you take pictures to document these encounters, and as true turf enthusiasts, we want to see them and share them with the world! That’s why FMC Turf Wire runs Turf In Focus, a monthly feature highlighting some of the most eye-catching photographs captured by turf care professionals on the...

Turf In Focus: The Polar Vortex and Beyond – Winter Turf Care on the Golf Course

For this month’s Turf In Focus, we are excited to present a photo series featuring winter turf care photos of superintendents dealing with frigid temperatures in the wake of the polar vortex. Being a superintendent doesn’t stop when the course closes for the season, and can be quite a chore during the winter, as these photographs illustrate. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Jeff Lockhart of Burlington Golf and Country Club, Gary Deters of St. Cloud Country Club, Bill Gilkes of Scarboro Golf & Country Club and Darren Reddekopp of Bearspaw Country Club for these incredible images of what winter turf care is all about for superintendents. Here’s some levity for all you supers suffering under ice. Someone was actually skating on out 7th green #nojoke pic.twitter.com/0ppQz30xcd — Jeff Lockhart (@jlockhart2112) January 20, 2014 Checked for ice on greens. Under about 12″ of snow it’s looking pretty good. pic.twitter.com/dS5BhxtFpD — Gary Deters (@gdeters_turf) January 17, 2014 Moving snow from greens to help melt the ice. Ongoing process for the rest of the winter. pic.twitter.com/ztkrjxDlfr — Scarboro Golf & CC (@ScarboroGolf) January 28, 2014 Ice thickness on #7 green. Luckily there is a solid tarp. pic.twitter.com/zNYAoIrEfE — Darren Reddekopp (@Bearspawsuper) January 24, 2014 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as these photographs of winter turf care on the golf course that you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCturf or just add the #TurfInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a turf care...

Turf In Focus: Golf Course Superintendent Deals With the Aftermath of a Bear

This month’s Turf in Focus features an image taken by golf course superintendent Ryan Gordon of TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqulamie, Washington. The photograph shows damage on the golf course courtesy of a local bear! Bears are par for the course for many golf course superintendents whose courses share a habitat with them in addition to wolves, foxes, eagles and many other wild animals of turf. Bear had a little fun with the cup on hole 4 last night! #superproblems pic.twitter.com/x76m7h8mSN — Ryan Gordon (@RyanWGor) November 27, 2013 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as this golf course superintendent’s photo of bear damage on the green that you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCturf or just add the #TurfInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a turf care professional, you often come across interesting situations. Strange turf diseases. Huge fire ant mounds. And for some of you, even the occasional alligator. Many of you take pictures to document these encounters, and as true turf enthusiasts, we want to see them and share them with the world! That’s why FMC Turf Wire runs Turf In Focus, a monthly feature highlighting some of the most eye-catching photographs captured by turf care professionals on the...