Managing Localized Dry Spots

As summer approaches, most golf course superintendents can be certain of one thing; the occurrence of localized dry spots (LDS). This course teaches you how to identify, treat, and manage LDS caused by water repellent soil. Discover the causes of LDS and the factors contributing to it. You'll learn methods to determine if your soil is water repellent and compare management strategies for alleviating LDS caused by these soils. Discover the influence of seasonal variations and soil texture on water repellent soils. In addition you'll learn about the primary management practices for improving root growth and how wetting agents can be used most effectively to reduce LDS.

With a better understanding and management of LDS caused by water repellent soil, your facility can expect improved playing conditions, increased savings on chemicals and increased water savings through improved irrigation efficiency.

This course features interactive learning reviews to provide instant feedback and reinforce learning. High quality images and illustrations are used to explain complex subject matter. Video clips are also incorporated to give you a more thorough illustration of specific topics. To make the most of this learning experience, students should use a computer with a sound card and speakers (or headphones).

Course modules

There are two chapters in this course, each containing a chapter outline, learning objectives, reading materials, interactive reviews, and top-quality photos and illustrations.

Chapter 1: Background Information on LDS and Water Repellent Soils
Chapter 2: Cultural Practices and Wetting Agents for Managing Water Repellent Soils

Target audience

Who should take this course: golf course superintendents, technicians, agronomy and horticulture students, grounds managers, turf industry professionals or anyone who desires a better understanding of or whose job responsibilities include weed management.

Created with:

Keith Karnok, Ph.D., University of Georgia

Three ways to order:

  • Online: Click "Order Now" and follow prompts. You'll be emailed access to the printable notes, and the CD will be mailed within three business days.
  • By fax: Use this form to order today!
  • By phone: Call GCSAA at (800) 472-7878

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