My Best Feature is Greens: Green Speed Management


Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D.

For more than 20 years, Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D., has conducted research on the impact of cultural and mechanical practices on green speed and turfgrass health. This 90-minute green speed update will include greensmowing management research performed over the past two years, including the impact of frequency of clip (FOC), bedknife behind-center distance adjustments (BCD), and forward- and counter-rotating brushes. He will also provide an update on cultural management practices based on studies over the past four years that examined the impact of different fertilizer carriers, irrigation regimes and wetting agents on green speed and turfgrass performance.

Original presentation date: Oct. 10, 2013

Thom Nikolai

About the instructor

Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D., spent 10 years working on golf courses prior to entering the world of turfgrass research in 1989. He earned a doctorate at Michigan State University in 2002. If you currently lightweight roll your greens, mulch tree leaves into your rough or don't have any golfers wearing metal spikes, it is due in part to Nikolai’s research. He is the author of the book, "The Superintendent's Guide to Controlling Putting Green Speed," and is world renowned as the “Doctor of Green Speed (DoGS )" because of his numerous studies that investigate putting green cultural and mechanical practices. He has given hundreds of turfgrass management presentations on five continents, nine countries and 32 states. In 2003, Nikolai was voted the Outstanding Faculty Member by his Michigan State University students. He is also the creator, coordinator and host of the Turfgrass Talk Show, and has taught a number of webcasts for GCSAA.


Member price: Free
Nonmember price: $60
Chapter price: $100
Education points: 0.2

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IPM Council of Canada credits
BC Pesticide Applicator points
Alberta Pesticide Applicator credits

This webcast has been approved for continuing education credits (CECs) as part of the IPM Accreditation Program administered by the IPM Council of Canada, as well as the Pesticide Re-Certification program administered by the Western Canada Turfgrass Association in cooperation with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment and the Recertification for Pesticide Applicators in Alberta.
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