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    The Rose Bowl is more than just a job for this extended family

    By John Reitman

    FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM AT INSTAGRAM.COM/TURFNET FOR MORE PHOTOS   There is a sign posted on the fence leading onto the Rose Bowl field that reads "Please pardon our mess. We're trying to grow grass." There is perhaps no place in the country better at doing just that. But what happens inside that fence is about a lot more than just growing grass. The team charged with producing the world's most famous field is a tightly knit group that redefines the term extended family. After near
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Fairway Stress Conditioning: Primo Edition

I've got some definite ideas as it comes to pre-stress and early-stress conditioning of fairways.   The first of these ideas is to use a growth regulator. If you've never done this or fiddled with doing it, it can be some of the best money spent for a dramatic result.   Primo Maxx is my personal favorite first step. I realize that there are as many ways to use this material as there are breeds of monkeys, so for you creative monkey breeders out there, hang with me. You might see an organ gro

Dave Wilber

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Humus Part 3: Couldnt Stand The Weather?

I’ll never forget the first time that I saw Stevie Ray Vaughn play. I can’t. Because way before I ever saw him, I heard him. A friend who was a friend of a friend who was a roadie for The Police swore up and down that he could get us backstage at the small club where SRV was playing. He didn’t quite have that kind of pull, but we did get to hang around a back door during the sound check if we promised not to hassle anyone, namely Vaughn. What I heard was akin to four musical jet engines. At the

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Humus Part 3: Couldn't Stand The Weather?

I'll never forget the first time that I saw Stevie Ray Vaughn play. I can't. Because way before I ever saw him, I heard him. A friend who was a friend of a friend who was a roadie for The Police swore up and down that he could get us backstage at the small club where SRV was playing. He didn't quite have that kind of pull, but we did get to hang around a back door during the sound check if we promised not to hassle anyone, namely Vaughn. What I heard was akin to four musical jet engines. At the

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Dave Wilber

 

Humus Part 2: You Need Fungus, Brother!

When the word Fungus is mentioned, Turfheads often run for the spray rig. Regardless if you want to talk pesticide free turf or not, there has to be a better discussion on Fungi and the resulting role in Humus development by being as key in decompositional shredding as strings on James Hetfield’s guitar. The first stage in the development of Humus is called Catabolism. It isn’t the warm up act, it is part of a multi-billing. This process should be initiated by fungi and fungal bodies. In their

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