Topdressing

  • An early history of thatch management

    Mat first appeared in the literature on golf course management more than 100 years ago. Recent research and improvements in turfgrass equipment have made controlling thatch-mat an easier task. Read this article in the September 2017 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Sand Topdressing Programs: Benefits and Challenges

    In this 90-minute webinar, Douglas Karcher, Ph.D., focuses on the major objectives for your putting green sand topdressing program. He also covers the pros and cons of various methods used to incorporate sands into the putting green canopy.

  • Verdure Live presentation by Jim Murphy PhD

    Presented at the 2017 GCSAA Education Conference at the Golf Industry Show, this session features top researchers briefly outlining their findings with facts and figures you can use.

  • Dilution is the Solution

    In this presentation from the 2014 Golf Industry Show, Roch Gaussoin, Ph.D., extension turfgrass specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, discusses practices such as topdressing and aeration for maintaining healthy turfgrasss and rootzones. 

  • Fairway Management at Merion Golf Club

    This presentation from the 2014 Golf Industry Show covers drainage, watering practices, soil testing, mechanical practices, disease management and championship conditioning at Merion Golf Club in Haverford Township, Pa.

  • Island Aerification

    This presentation from the 2014 Golf Industry Show guides you through aerification practices at The Sanctuary Golf Club on Sanibel Island, Fla.

  • The Top 10 Things We Want to Know About Aerification

    This presentation from the Turfgrass Talk Show at the 2014 Golf Industry Show addresses golf course managers’ top questions about aerification practices.

  • Top 10 Changes in Golf Course Management

    In this presentation from the 2013 Golf Industry Show, Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D., at Michigan State University, covers the biggest changes in golf course management and their impact on golf’s playing fields.

  • Met-area supers talk about fairway topdressing

    This article surveys superintendents about their topdressing practices and resulting conditions. Read this article in the September/October 2005 issue of Tee to Green.

  • Fairway topdressing

    James Baird, USGA agronomist, weighs the benefits and disadvantages of fairway topdressing to answer the question: Is it worth the price? Read this article in the September/October 2005 issue of Tee to Green.

  • Topdressing 101: What lies beneath

    The specifics of a topdressing program are dictated by the condition of the greens, the amount of thatch, the results that are hoped to be achieved, available resources, budgets and expectations of golfers. Read this article in the December 2004 issue of North Carolina Turfgrass.

  • Refining your putting green topdressing program

    Topdressing is an essential practice that can produce great benefit if done properly or cause great problems if done improperly. Read this article in the July/August 2004 issue of North Carolina Turfgrass.

  • Managing earthworm casting

    R. Chris Williamson, Ph.D., examines whether topdressing can discourage earthworms over the long term? Read this article in the May 2004 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Worming your way out of a turf situation

    Development of an integrated pest management system to reduce earthworm casts. Read this research in the July/August 2002 issue of the Green Section Record.

  • Water-repellent soils part 2: More questions and answers

    Fungicides, deep irrigation, wetting agents, aerification and careful use of topdressing can all be used to defeat LDS. Read more of this research from Keith Karnok, Ph.D., and Kevin Tucker in this article from the July 2002 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.

  • Inorganic amendments and aerification recovery

    Using inorganic amendments in topdressing may not be much better than using straight sand. Read this research from Mike Richardson, Ph.D., and Doug Karcher, Ph.D., from the October 2001 issue of Golf Course Management magazine.