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The U.S. has experienced some severe storms this season with the potential for more remaining. Ron Wright, CGCS, updates this webinar from our series on disasters to help you create or update your emergency response plan.
Each webinar in the series is designed to focus on a single crisis type. You'll hear what happened, what plan was in place and what the CGCS in charge learned and now recommends. In Wright’s case, he experienced several hurricanes first hand at the Country Club of Mobile. During this quick hour, he’ll cover tips for clean-up, how best-laid plans may need to adapt, and review systems and plans you’ll want to put in place as soon as you can.
In order for trees, shrubs, groundcovers, vines and other ornamentals to be successful on the golf course, they must be well sited, planted properly and provided with the initial appropriate care. In this 60-minute webinar, John Fech covers many components to providing a good start.
Maintained turf is critical to the playing field of golf and provides a valuable green space in urban environments. There are other elements to the golf course that can provide pollinator and wildlife habitat. You can learn more about it and what you can do from Jay McCurdy, Ph.D., as he covers interesting aspects of sustainability in this 40-minute presentation.
The Annual Bluegrass Weevil (ABW) has a known destructive preference for annual bluegrass. Can this be harnessed for good? Researchers evaluated withholding ABW control; in this 40-minute webinar, Katie Diehl explains.
Facility BMP Plans provide many benefits for the superintendent, the superintendent profession, the golf facility and the golf course industry. GCSAA has received funding from the USGA and PGA Tour, but superintendents must participate in order for the industry to be successful. Join J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., for this hour-long webinar to learn why having a written facility plan is so important.
Ponds and other water bodies bring both beauty and benefit to the golf course. Different types of algae can disrupt that beauty and become problematic. Erwin McKone, CGCS, leads this 90-minute webinar to review the role of algae in the aquatic ecosystem. Classic and alternative treatments of algal blooms will be examined. McKone will explain ways this has changed in the ten years that have transpired since he first taught on this topic, including new permitting issues. Join us to make sure your management program is up-to-date.
Among the biggest projects any turf manager may undertake will be a new irrigation system. While many shy away from playing an active role in the system’s design, Ashley Wilkinson explains why and how you should help in planning for such a large construction project in this 90-minute webinar.
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The need for state-level best management practices (BMP) programs is greater than ever. Many golf courses in urban environments are seen as much less than the positive green spaces we know them to be. In this 90-minute webinar, J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., and Stacey Kingsbury will cover the nuts and bolts of BMP planning and development.
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Soil aeration is key to growing healthy turf that is better able to withstand biotic and abiotic stressors. The ever-increasing pressure for pristine conditions coupled with recent advances in technology have prompted golf course superintendents to rethink their aeration practices. In this 90-minute webinar, J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., discusses the principles behind good soil aeration and shares some novel approaches, too.
There are 3 chronic issues in turfgrass management:
Drainage, Air movement, Shade
This second in the series of one-hour webinars is Air Movement with Bud White. This series was Live Captioned as presented.
In this 60-minute webinar, Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., reviews the importance of facility BMP plans and what’s involved in using the new Facility BMP Tool. The online tool can help you develop a BMP manual for your facility based upon your state’s BMP program. You’ll see how to use the work done at the state level – Unruh will demonstrate how you can copy, create and adapt your state’s manual for your facility. Having a written facility manual documents and supports your professional course management while providing the means to educate management, golfers and the public. Unruh demonstrates how easy the tool is to use once your state plan is in place. Watch to see the steps involved.
Soil reaction (aka soil pH) is frequently managed to improve turfgrass health. Many golf course superintendents submit soil samples to soil testing laboratories for routine pH analysis in an effort to determine and implement pH management strategies. In this 90-minute webinar, Lee Berndt, Ph.D., provides information on how to submit soil samples for analysis, how soil testing labs actually measure pH of samples, and how to interpret the results of pH analyses.
Sand topdressing putting greens has proven to be a valuable management practice that yields several benefits, both agronomic and from a playability perspective. As putting green grasses have become denser and finer-textured, it is often a challenge to incorporate topdressing sand into the putting green canopy. In this 90-minute webinar, Douglas Karcher, Ph.D., focuses on the major objectives for your putting green sand topdressing program.
In this 60-minute webinar, Bowden updates you on how the Auckland golf sector is responding to the on-going growth trend of the region and in particular how courses are seeking out ways to engage with their communities and add significant ecological value to an urbanizing city. Listen in learn how you might communicate these same positive benefits to your neighbors and community.
In this 60-minute webinar, Michael D. Richardson, Ph.D. shares results from the University of Arkansas’ research group. They have been investigating early-spring bulbs and summer-blooming perennials as a means of enhancing turfgrass sites that do not require pure stands of turfgrass. Performance, persistence, and pollinator preference of various flowering plants are discussed.
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Many operations that occur at the turf care center can have environmental impact. In this 90-minute webinar, Gary Bogdanski, equipment manager at The Sharon Golf Club, examines some of these activities and how to apply best management practices for reducing their impact. Bogdanski discusses storage and handling of chemicals, waste handling, fueling operations, equipment washing, pollution prevention, and employee safety with these procedures.
Let’s explore what stormwater is, where it comes from, and how it fits into the GCSAA BMP Manual. Stormwater management has many different places it can fit throughout the BMPs. During this 90-minute webinar, Gary L. Hawkins, Ph.D., explores some of these places, explains and reviews how managing stormwater can benefit your golf course. Listen in to get tips you can use right away.
Join J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., and Stacey Kingsbury as they guide you through GCSAA’s online BMP Planning Guide and Template. Learn important aspects of the planning process, from working with the steering committee and stakeholders to editing the best management practices (BMPs) during this 60-minute webinar.
The need for state-level best management practices (BMP) programs is greater than ever. In this 60-minute webinar, J. Bryan Unruh, Ph.D., and Stacey Kingsbury cover the steps needed when finalizing your BMP Planning Guide and Template. Topics include BMP template review, stakeholder feedback, contacting design professionals, and printing/electronic publishing.
Listen in to find out how you can take your BMP project using our Planning Guide and Template to the next level.
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