Ten Amendments to Better Soil

Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D.

Minimizing turf irrigation needs has been a long sought after goal of turfgrass managers. It's more evident today that saving water is a necessity. Along with the innovations in new drought-tolerant turf species, soil amendments continue to improve and show potential for water management. This 90-minute webcast focuses on types of soil amendments available, their characteristics, use, and ongoing research evaluating their potential in divot mixes and fairway incorporation trials.

Soil amendments can be defined as any additive placed directly into the soil profile. Soil amendments available today include calcined clays, diatomaceous earth, zeolites, various polymers and other amendments. These products may claim to have the same effects on turf and soil characteristics, but in reality, they have varying degrees of efficiency, ranging from differences in water-holding capacity, to affecting soil structure and infiltration rates. They do not necessarily affect the anatomy of the turf; instead, as the name implies, they can create a better growing environment for the turf by modifying the soil.

Original presentation date: Dec. 20, 2011

About the instructor

Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University with the responsibility of teaching and directing the turf management program. He received both his bachelor of science degree in crop and soil science and master of science degree in botany & plant pathology from Michigan State University, and his doctorate in agronomy from The Ohio State University. Upon completion of his doctorate, Golembiewski spent two years as an assistant horticulture professor at Montana State University and then worked one and a half years as the eastern U.S. turf and ornamental field development biologist for Dow AgroSciences. He then served as president and co-owner of Paramount Landscape located in Phoenix, Ariz., for six years before joining the turf faculty at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Golembiewski’s research interests include turfgrass diseases, ecology and integrated management programs.


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