How to Prepare an Elephant Polo Ground

When you want to play elephant polo, you surely think of having a well-prepared field. But just six weeks before this year's King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament, the field needed a lot of work. Minachai Srichanya, the golf course superintendent at nearby Banyan Golf Club, coordinated a volunteer maintenance program to turn the field from… Continue reading How to Prepare an Elephant Polo Ground

World Cities Plotted by Climatological Normals, October

This chart shows a selection of world cities, plotted by their average temperature, precipitation, and sunshine hours for the month of October. An interactive and customizable chart with the climatological data is here. In October, the temperatures in much of East Asia are at an optimum for cool-season grass growth. Shanghai, Osaka, and Tokyo finally… Continue reading World Cities Plotted by Climatological Normals, October

What’s the Most Accurate Way to Measure Available Nutrients in the Soil?

Have you seen this picture before? I used this photo in the announcement for turf science seminars I gave at Japan last winter, and a golf course superintendent asked me this week about what is shown in this photo. This is a cation exchange membrane in general, and is specifically a PRS (Plant Root Simulator)… Continue reading What’s the Most Accurate Way to Measure Available Nutrients in the Soil?

What’s the Most Accurate Way to Measure Available Nutrients in the Soil?

Have you seen this picture before? I used this photo in the announcement for turf science seminars I gave at Japan last winter, and a golf course superintendent asked me this week about what is shown in this photo. This is a cation exchange membrane in general, and is specifically a PRS (Plant Root Simulator)… Continue reading What’s the Most Accurate Way to Measure Available Nutrients in the Soil?

New Calendar Page on ATC Website

I've added a new page to the Asian Turfgrass Center website with a calendar of selected turfgrass conferences and educational seminars that may be of interest to turfgrass managers in Asia. This is not a comprehensive list of events, but I will keep it updated with events as I become aware of them. If you… Continue reading New Calendar Page on ATC Website

A Plot of Cities Where Warm-season Grasses Grow, and more

I made the bubble plot above to see how the differences in temperature and sunlight and rainfall between cities would appear if plotted this way. The data are from climatological normals provided by national meteorological services and the World Meteorological Organization, collected in some cases from the climate section of a city's page on Wikipedia.… Continue reading A Plot of Cities Where Warm-season Grasses Grow, and more

Try This Technique for Improving Drainage

It is always a challenge to manage areas with poor drainage, and on sandcapped turfgrass areas the drainage can be quite problematic once organic matter builds up over the sand layer. Topdressing and aerififying and verticutting can all be used to dilute or remove organic matter, but when the organic layer gets too thick, it… Continue reading Try This Technique for Improving Drainage

Honda LPGA Thailand and Asian Turfgrass Field Day

This week brings the season-opening event on the LPGA Tour to Thailand's Siam Country Club. Defending champion Ai Miyazato and #1-ranked Yani Tseng headline the stellar field. The tournament is being contested over seashore paspalum fairways (Salam variety) and hybrid bermudagrass greens (Novotek variety). Sittichai Dusadeeporn is the Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Siam… Continue reading Honda LPGA Thailand and Asian Turfgrass Field Day

Honda LPGA Thailand and Asian Turfgrass Field Day

This week brings the season-opening event on the LPGA Tour to Thailand's Siam Country Club. Defending champion Ai Miyazato and #1-ranked Yani Tseng headline the stellar field. The tournament is being contested over seashore paspalum fairways (Salam variety) and hybrid bermudagrass greens (Novotek variety). Sittichai Dusadeeporn is the Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Siam… Continue reading Honda LPGA Thailand and Asian Turfgrass Field Day