Golf Course Management

MAY 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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44 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 05.19 Process (PPG-PR 422), Columbia Seeds • Limited seed supply in 2019 • Dark green genetic color • Great variety for overseeding • Excellent wear tolerance • Drought tolerance • Resistance to gray leaf spot • NTEP Slider LS, Mountain View Seeds • Seed available fall 2019 • Excellent turf quality • Improved lateral spread ability • Dark green • Gray leaf spot resistance • Excellent wear tolerance • 2016 NTEP (PPG-PR 241) Slugger 3GL, Mountain View Seeds • Seed available fall 2019 • Turf quality schedule A • Excellent dark green color • Spring green-up • Gray leaf spot resistance • 2017 NTEP (Tables 3,18, 23) • 2016 NTEP (PPG-PR 343) Times have changed, and superinten- dents are buying more seed that is not turfgrass seed. When it comes to plants, the turfgrass on the golf course is obvi - ously the primary concern, but the role of superintendent has expanded in several directions over the past 20 years or so. Being the caretaker of the course also means being a steward of an environment that is rapidly changing. Concerns about the health and appearance of the entire golf course landscape have encouraged many superintendents to look out for the welfare of pollinators and provide them a hearty welcome by supplying desirable habitat. Native seed mixes (some of them la - beled by region) are available from several companies, and information about what to plant and where is available at a number of websites. The list of references below is hardly comprehensive and offers an intro - duction to what is available for someone interested in planting a pollinator-friendly garden. Because not all plants are appro - priate for all climates and conditions (or all pollinators), locating local resources can be helpful. The sources provided below link to many more sites that provide information and also offer seeds for sale. The Xerces Society Pollinator Conser - Planting for pollinators vation Resource Center ( https://xerces. org/pollinator-resource-center ) likely offers the most information for North America. A collaboration of the Xerces Society and Neal Williams at the University of California, Davis ( https://williamslab.ucdavis.edu ), the site offers extensive information on the plants needed in all of the regions of the United States and Canada. Seed mixes are also available through the society's various partners ( https://xerces.org/pollinator- seed ). The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ( www.wildflower.org/collections ) provides a map of the United States divided into pollinator areas and a list of native plants for use in each area. Additional in - formation is available for Texas, where the center is located. Applewood Seed Co. ( www.applewood seed.com/pollinator-conservation ) provides information about planting to attract bees and/or butterflies and sells seed mixtures developed for specific areas of the U.S. and Canada. S&S Seeds ( www.ssseeds.com ) is based in California and offers more than 1,000 species, including native grasses, wildflowers and shrubs. The company sells stock seed mixes and also assists in the design of custom seed mixes. — T.C. Asclepias tuberosa, also known as butterflyweed, butterfly milkweed, orange milkweed, pleurisy root and chigger flower, is a flowering plant attractive to butterflies and other pollinators that is native to the continental United States. Although A. tuberosa has common names that include the word "milkweed," it is not a true milkweed plant. Photo courtesy of S&S Seeds

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