Mycorrhizal fungi and turf health go hand in hand. The symbiotic relationships that exist between our turf grass plants and soil fungi are critical to producing a high performance, perennial grass dominated sward. Here we look at the benefits of mycorrhizal relationships in turf and the techniques greenkeepers can employ to encourage them.
A beautifully made film that explains how our turf grasses can interact with soil bacteria and fungi to build the perfect, disease free bowling green eco-system if only we’d let them.
So how can you make 2019 the year you finally make a start on this process at your green?
- Become a Free Member of Bowls Central here
- Take advantage of the offer I’ll send you when you join to have your soil analysis and report written specifically for your green.
- Start following the program I will detail for you and allow me to guide you through the process.
What will the results look like?
- Your green will improve in surface performance (faster, smoother and truer) year after year .
- Your green keeping costs will reduce.
- Your green will behave more consistently and problems like disease, moss and dry patch will disappear.
Watch the video then start the process here.
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