Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Holy poa batman
It's a great strategy, very successful, and it works. Problem is for those who manage it.
Keeping poa from croaking is the difficulty of fine turf managers. Poa, when compared to bentgrass, needs more water, fertilizer, is more susceptible to traffic and water submersion damage, less tolerant of heat and disease pressure, and I'm sure I missed another that makes this plant less than stellar.
The photo below shows a ball on a isolated patch of bentgrass. This photo demonstrates exactly how much poa has invaded the shady seventh fairway.
Modern breeding efforts have provided turf managers with better bentgrass varieties for a multitude of climates. In addition, manufacturers have improved herbicides that are poa selective. These efforts have given a edge to bentgrass, slowing the invasion of poa into playing surfaces.
Into the batcart,