Tag: Golf course superintendent

Winter turf prep: Overseed, colorant or hybrid

It’s about time to consider the fall turfgrass plan for winter management. Are you planning to overseed, apply colorant or considering a combination of the two?

Very few golf course superintendents choose to overseed anymore and if they do, they apply colorant as well– especially on the east coast of the United States.

Endurant turf colorant replaces overseed in PGA Tour Web.com Tour
Overseed 2016, left. Endurant turf colorant 2017, right. Photo credit: Golf Course Superintendent Alex Price

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Buy lawn paint or make your own grass paint?

Should you make your own lawn paint or buy grass paint?

Sometimes DIY projects are great. Sometimes, they become the more expensive way to do things. Here is some information to consider when choosing whether to add green back to your lawn using a commercial colorant or making your own lawn dye.

Maybe you didn’t even know that you can buy lawn paint or you can make your own green grass dye at home. Before you start stirring up your homemade recipe Read More

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The rain drain: Penterra

Penterra is the fastest-acting soil penetrant on the market. Penterra isn’t just an ordinary soil surfactant. It gets water moving through the soil profile, FAST.
When rain and soil conditions cause puddling and flooding, Penterra is the solution to get water moving quickly.

Penterra is a key tool for water management, not only helping in flood situations to drain rain quickly, but also to even out water distribution in hardened or dry soils.

Penterra the fastest-acting soil penetrant for getting water moving through soil
Penterra is the fastest acting wetting agent. Get water moving throughout the soil profile. FAST

 

Penterra is a staple to have handy for turfgrass managers. It is applied before and after rain storms. It is often applied prior to rain when a storm is in the forecast. Penterra is also used after flooding has occurred. This is why Penterra is often referred to as the rain drain. However, Penterra does more as a water management tool and for water conservation than just move rain water  Read More

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Summer soil dream team: Agriox & Penterra

Soil CPR: Agriox & Penterra

If you have wet soil, compacted soil or soil that for any reason is not allowing for even coverage of water throughout the soil profile, this is what you do. You apply the wetting agent Penterra, which is the fastest-acting soil penetrant on the market, while breathing life back into the soil with Agriox, slow release oxygen for anaerobic soils.

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Penterra & Agriox are powerhouses for speedy and lasting recovery in heavy rains and even floods. The two work especially well together to get water moving through the soil profile evenly while adding oxygen to anaerobic soil.

 

Keep soil and plants breathing easy: Agriox & Penterra

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Tweets of March: Turf tips, tweets & pics

We rounded up some of the best Tweets– and other social media posts– from our turf friends during the month of March.

Make America Green Again: Tweet of the Month from Trump National

Winning the Web: Making America Green Again using Endurant Premium Turf Colorant at Trump National.
Winning the Web: Making America Green Again using Endurant Premium Turf Colorant at Trump National.

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Turf pro: How to keep healthy warm season grass all year

Q&A: Geoponics & Virginia Golf Course Superintendent Jay Wade

Each season has its challenges for growing healthy turfgrass. Particularly challenging is maintaining that vibrant green color expected by golf club members and tournament players, regardless of climate, weather or water restrictions.

So when Geoponics heard of a man in Virginia who maintained a green golf course throughout the year, throughout a multitude of growing conditions, pleasing members with his handling of warm season grasses even during cool weather, we wanted to hear how he did it. Golf Course Superintendent Jay Wade shares how he maintains healthy turf throughout the seasons.

Here is our brief interview.

Endurant keeps warm season grasses gorgeous and playable throughout the cold winters. Magnolia Green Golf Club uses Endurant on Celebration Bermudagrass, lasting four months.
Endurant keeps warm season grasses gorgeous and playable throughout the cold winters. Magnolia Green Golf Club uses Endurant on Celebration Bermudagrass, lasting four months.

 

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First day of spring: Is your grass springtime green?

If your grass doesn’t look like spring, Endurant TE can help.

Just as it was time to spring forward the clocks, many turf lovers felt more like they were flung back into winter. Endurant TE, a turf color enhancer for growing grass, helps turfgrass professionals transition smoothly from winter to spring. Late season frosts and snowstorms have many lawns, golf courses and sod farms not quite looking like spring. Endurant TE will bring spring to your customers, golfers, and visitors by giving the green color they desire.

Endurant TE is applied to paspalum at the rate of 20 ounces per acre to provide a rich springtime green grass color.
Endurant TE is applied on paspalum turfgrass at the rate of 20 ounces per acre to provide a rich springtime green grass color to the golf course. Photo source: Ken Lee, CGCS

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Endurant at work: A roundup of winter turf highlights

We don’t mean roundup as in hazardous chemicals. We mean roundup as in a collection of the most awesome ways Endurant users choose the earth friendly way to get green grass.

Endurant turf colorants continue to go the extra mile this winter, bringing lasting color to golf courses, baseball fields, home lawns, even Nascar race tracks, among other places.

Endurant turf colorants beautify turfgrass while saving water, fertilizer, harsh chemicals, and overseed.  This means golf course superintendents, among other Endurant users, are saving money while minimizing damaging effects to water and the overall environment.

Endurant users love to share their experiences with colorants on social media, including Twitter and Facebook.

Here’s a roundup of Endurant turf colorants at work this winter:

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Turf color that lasts all winter long

The name says it all: Endurant turf colorants provide lasting green color.

How do you get green grass that lasts all winter long? Freezing, snow, drought, dormancy and the grass is still green? Golf course superintendents and sod growers across the country reported their green grass endured a long winter by using Endurant turf color enhancers.

Ground is frozen, but the grass is green

That’s right, it’s well into winter, below freezing and the grass is still green on the golf course. Patrick Reinhardt, the Georgia Southern University Golf Course Superintendent and Georgia Golf Course Superintedents’ Association board member, isn’t the only one pleased to see green this winter. Players and visitors loved a green course from fall through spring.

“27 degrees and we’re still green,” said Reinhardt.

Endurant endures the winter, giving green grass all winter long
Freezing and green. Grass stays green all winter long using Endurant turf colorants on dormant grass. Photo by Georgia Southern University Golf Course Superintendent Patrick Reinhardt, also a Georgia Golf Course Superintendent Association board member.

Endurant often lasts three months or more maintaining a natural green grass color on dormant grass. The lasting nature of Endurant depends upon several factors, particularly the rate of grass growth and the frequency of mowing.

See why Endurant is called Liquid Overseed. Golf courses and dormant turf across the country stayed green all winter long using Endurant turf colorants. Photo by Golf Course Superintendent Patrick Reinhardt.
See why Endurant is called Liquid Overseed. Golf courses and dormant turf across the country stayed green all winter long when applied with Endurant turf colorants. Photo by Golf Course Superintendent Patrick Reinhardt.

Dormant turf does well with Endurant, or “Liquid overseed,” as an alternative to the more costly and resource-demanding practice of overseeding dormant turfgrass. Overseed often requires over-watering, over-fertilizing, and more harsh chemical usage than choosing Endurant turf colorants.

Check out what other Endurant users have said about the lasting winter color:

In several cases, Endurant didn’t just endure the winter, Endurant endured the worst.

Photo by Jason Anderson
We don’t always paint in the snow, but when we do, we use Endurant, and, it lasts all winter long. Photo by Golf Course Superintendent Jason Anderson, Cherokee Country Club, Knoxville, TN

“We’ve painted on frost, dew, and now, snow. Just a dusting and it’s going down great!” exclaimed Jason Sanderson, a golf course superintendent at Cherokee Country Club, located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

While it’s not recommended to paint in the rain, snow, or sleet, especially not your first time using a colorant, some golf course superintendents are hardcore. However, painting turf is very effective after a very light mist, morning dew, or light frost, regardless of experience level. Generally, the lightness of the moisture on the turf is crucial. A heavy downpour would not be effective. The turfgrass surface certainly does not have to be dry to apply Endurant paints. That mild moisture can actually contribute to optimal leaf blade coverage.

Cherokee Country Club was at it again, painting with Endurant in a heavy frost.

Endurant applied in frost.
Endurant turf colorant can be applied when grass is moist such as after a frost or morning dew to assist with an even coverage while also remaining long lasting. Photo by Cherokee Country Club Golf Course Superintendent Jason Sanderson.

Sanderson gave kudos to Endurant turf colorants and to his Assistant Golf Course Superintendent Mike Medley for a lasting, even coverage that kept Cherokee Country Club’s players, members, and guests happy throughout the winter months.

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Getting over it: Endurant versus overseed

Sod growers, sports field managers and golf course superintendents find Endurant turf colorants are a viable solution to use during overseed transitions or instead of overseed entirely

Turfgrass managers choose Endurant turf colorants instead of overseed for economics, aesthetics, and agronomics

Endurant sows seeds of potential for sod growers & other turfgrass professionals

Sod growers love Endurant for revolutionizing their winter sod business. Sod Solutions, innovators in natural grass, along with WinField United Pro, which provides a comprehensive line-up of research based agricultural and farming products, among others, choose Endurant turf colorants as their alternative to overseed.

.#Endurant https://t.co/e2GJAqouCt on winter sod @SodSolutions @winfieldpro #liquidoverseed #landscape #lawn #Turf pic.twitter.com/aVlWbwnZwu

Many turfgrass professionals find Endurant provides better turf, true natural color, and agronomic benefits while decreasing costs and environmental strains caused by overseeding. Overseeding requires more water usage and damage to water sources as overseeding often includes overwatering and over-fertilizing winter turf.

While Endurant turf colorants aren’t really anything new, more and more people in professions including agriculture, golf course management, landscaping, sod farming, real estate, sports field management, and others are learning how helpful Endurant turf color enhancers can be in a variety of conditions, including drought, dormancy, water restrictions, tight budgets, television and filming.

Endurant can be used on dormant turf, actively growing grass, warm season and cool season grasses.

Ask Mr. Wise Grass about Endurant turf colorants

West Coast Turf and their sister company Western Sod have lauded the benefits of Endurant as an alternative to overseed. Mr. Wise Grass is the name of a West Coast Turf blog where a turfgrass pro named Jay posts information on everything you need to know about the best sod and turfgrass for your environment, uses, and budget. He answers common questions regarding issues surrounding grass and more technical issues that can be resolved with years of professional experience.

Here’s what Jay has to say about Endurant turf paint:

This product can be applied to overseeded or dormant turf to give your lawn the same ryegrass color you seeded with. The turf paint serves another purpose besides just providing color. It heats up the plant and will allow for faster spring green up in dormant turf and will help new ryegrass plants fill in any voids from the encroaching bermudagrass during seeding.

Check out more from Mr. Wise Grass.

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