The turfgrass science team from the University of Arkansas will be conducting research on two of the putting greens at Brittany over the next 6-7 months. The first objective of the research is to better understand the proper chemicals to use to control spring dead spot, which is the most significant disease on Bermudagrass putting greens. This disease is active during the winter when the grass is dormant, but the symptoms will show up in the spring as dead patches when the grass greens up. To control this, disease control products have to be applied in the fall before the disease becomes active in the winter. We will be testing several new products on the back side of the second green to help identify the best control methods on the Bella Vista property.
The second trial we will be conducting will be on the 7th green and the study objective is to look at several chemical treatments that will not only control spring dead spot but can also enhance the overall health of the turf in the winter. These products will hopefully help protect the grass from winter injury and promote earlier spring green-up (= earlier golf!!).