5 Biggest Turf Care Mistakes to Avoid

5 Biggest Turf Care Mistakes to Avoid

Turf care is a big part of turf management and maintaining a balance – not doing too little or going overboard – plays a big role in ensuring quality care is given. We have listed the five biggest turf care mistakes you should avoid. You might be surprised that a majority of these mistakes come from doing the right things in a wrong way. Education plays a big role in turf care so be informed:

1. Starting off at the wrong foot – not planning where shades are going to be placed, not preparing the soil and using the wrong type of grass seed.

It all starts with planning thoroughly. Shady trees can be great for golfers or guests but turf thrown under shades are not realistic. It also doesn’t encourage grasses to grow healthily – it needs sunshine. Ground covers are better alternatives. Thoroughly preparing the soil is also an essential step to turf care. Check your soil type, its quality and fix soil problems through aeration or other natural means BEFORE planting grass. When choosing grass seeds, consider your soil type, location and specific needs. An example of this is going for drought-resistant grass seeds for golf courses situated on dry lands or deserts.

2. Excessive watering

Too much of a good thing can also be bad; the same goes for over watering.

Overwatering encourages weed growth and causes grass to be less drought-tolerant as they develop a shallow root system, never encouraged to grow deeper in search of water and moisture since all the water is above ground.

3. Cutting grass too short and using dull blades

Cutting or mowing grass too short may seem like an efficient use of time, energy and resources but the truth is, you are gearing up for more problems. If you cut grass too short, its surface area is limited so sunshine absorption is also impaired. Photosynthesis, the mechanism of creating food for their system, is severely affected, making grass more susceptible to damage from insects and disease. It also encourages weed growth because there is less competition for growth space.

Target a 2-1/2 to 3-inch mowing height. The grass will develop a deeper root system to support the longer blades and need less water.

Dull blades do not really cut grass – they break it. After mowing with a dull mower blade the grass will appear to have light colored tips and will look to be dry and in need of additional water. This is referred to as “white tipping.” This will encourage over watering and other problems like vulnerable to disease and insect damage.

4. Using chemicals as fertilizers.

You will notice that if you fertilize too little, weeds grow in. If you fertilize too much, especially with chemicals, you can actually burn your turf!

Over fertilizing, especially with high levels of nitrogen, will cause excess leaf growth and limit root growth.  If applied too heavy, it will actually burn the lawn. Chemicals are never good for people and the environment anyway. Today, more and more golf courses are choosing to go green.

There is a natural way to take care of your turf and LLMO is the best and safest way to ensure that quality of aquatic and plant life are not affected.

5. Wrong irrigation.

A huge part of turf care involves irrigation – it manages and supplies water to turf! Water is like the bloodline for grass to grow the same way we need air to breathe. Make sure to avoid these water irrigation mistakes.

Get it right the first time, so turf care maintenance will be a breeze.

Written by Jim Cassells

Jim Cassells

I have spent the majority of my career in sales and sales management positions with large Fortune 500 firms like General Foods, Johnson & Johnson, Playtex and Lenox China. About 12 years ago I became involved with the golf industry and started my own repping firm, “Leading Edge Marketing & Sales” in SE FL. After 2 years, my largest supplier offered me a position as their Director of Business Development. Two years after that I declined a move to California (their HQ) and went to work as an Area Sales Manager for General Electric retiring after a 10 year career.

Returning to the Golf Industry is a logical step for me as I love golf and the beauty and quiet the courses offer. Similar to the products I was selling during my years being involved with Eagle One, Natural Golf Solutions is an environmentally oriented company that can bring water management back to the Superintendent…and be cost effective at the same time. Do you have a lake and want to know if Live Liquid Micro-Organisms are right for you? Contact me here. Let’s make some history together!

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