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Symbiotic turf/fungi relationships in fine turf

Mycorrhizal fungi and turf health go hand in hand. The study of fungi is called Mycology, and in ecology the area immediately surrounding the roots of plants is called the Rhizosphere. When you see the term mycorrhizal anywhere, it refers

Want a performance bowling green?

A few years ago, I published a short article on Bowls Central that encompasses exactly what goes wrong on many bowling greens, with the result that periods of memorable performance when the green is 'the best it's ever been!' are few and

The value of soil analysis

Your club might occasionally have a green soil analysis done. Some clubs insist on doing this annually, others only when prompted by a supplier or when a particular problem occurs on the green. If you've had greens soil analysis done or

How to become a better greenkeeper

As we start 2024, I want to help you get to grips with the actual condition of your green. This month, it’s going to be down to you to get your hands dirty to get familiar with your soil and turf (writes John Quinn). Successful,

Managing turf disease

As winter begins, greenkeepers have to become increasingly vigilant for turf disease problems. In these articles and in my books and on my blog at Bowls Central, you might notice that I have a bit of an obsession with soil health. Over

The seven most DANGEROUS words in green keeping

I’ve worked in greenkeeping since I left school in 1981 and within a short time in the job, I saw that it was infected with unquestioned routines, probably more than most careers (writes John Quinn).It was fairly easy to see that we

Natural greenkeeping – a practical guide

Bowling green maintenance can feel like a constant battle against pests, disease and disorders, but this struggle is largely human in origin. I’ve often heard greenkeepers say things like “you can’t beat mother nature”, while

High performance bowling greens – a quick guide

I’ve sometimes asked readers to take on board some fairly lofty principles, which at first, might seem unrelated to the real world of daily greenkeeping with all the incumbent pressures and demands it brings. Bowling green performance is a


To outsiders, greenkeeping looks like an easy job; just walking up and down with a mower in the sunshine for an hour or so every other morning in the summertime. Of course, we know it's much more complex than that. Alongside the mowers in