By Dominic Petrella
When we think about turfgrass shaded by trees we as researchers often focus on reductions in light intensity, reductions in the red to far-red ratio (R/FR ratio) along with other changes in spectral quality, competition for water and mineral nutrients, and alterations to temperature compared to full sun environments. However, another challenge for turfgrass plants under shade is exposure to sunflecks.
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By Florence Sessoms
In the first part of this series, I described what arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are and how they can benefit plants. In this post, I will discuss how AMF might benefit turfgrasses. Cool-season and warm-season grasses are both able to be infected with mycorrhizal fungi. A quick literature review showed that several benefits of AMF were observed with turfgrasses such as improved biomass, nutrient content, decrease in weed incidence and disease severity (Table 1).
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Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work! We have a research article, a research report, and an upcoming talk at a meeting.
Garett Heineck, Sam Bauer, Matt Cavanaugh, Andrew Hollman, Eric Watkins, and Brian Horgan co-authored “Variability in Creeping Bentgrass Cultivar Germinability as Influenced by Cold Temperatures” in the April 2019 edition of the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendent Association’s Hole Notes publication.
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The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science Team has partnered with the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association (MGCSA) to perform on-site research determined by the members themselves. As part of this project, we conducted a study at the Stillwater Country Club in 2017. We examined the following research question: How well would turfgrass species other than creeping bentgrass work under wet and shaded condition on a Par 3 tee box?
Fri, 07/13/2018 - 13:22
Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris) is a stolon-forming cool season grass commonly used on golf courses. It has good shade tolerance, but if shaded, it will also need good drainage to thrive. One of our MGCSA-member partners recently experienced what can happen when creeping bentgrass grows in shady and poor drainage conditions.
Fri, 07/13/2018 - 13:09