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Old 05-19-2014, 02:07 PM
LarryAylward LarryAylward is offline
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Carbon in the soil

I'm hearing about more and more golf course superintendents who are embracing the "feed the soil" philosophy, specifically with carbon-based materials to activate microbials to help turf grow healthier roots and fight off disease and other turf-related pests.

What are your views on feeding the soil?
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:57 PM
larryinalabama larryinalabama is online now
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I don't know about carbon, but putting fireplace ashes in your garden is great, and saves on lime.

Golf Courses are alaways top dressing with something, usually mixed with sand.
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:23 PM
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Feeding microbes is a good start but having a good balance of microbes keeps everyone in check when it comes to microbes. Stay away from chemical fertilizers. They kill microbes. Its like steroids to grass. You get a nice pop but over time several species of microbes die off and get out of balance. This brings about disease and several other factors that harm grass and soil. There is life in soil. Most chemical guys don't know or are scared of the evidence to admit it. Going carbon based or organic is NOT an overnight fix. However after 2-3 years of a proper program the weeds seem to disappear. Why? Because you are fixing the soil and not spraying the results(weeds) of unbalanced soil.
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Old 05-26-2014, 07:10 PM
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Coal is a great source of Carbon however it is hard to grow grass with. You need a form of active carbon with oxygen and hydrogen in a plants balance. If a plant is 96% C,H & O, according to the university of Wisconson, then why do we feed grass N,P& K anytime we feel the turf is hungry or the calander says?
looking at nature is a great way to prove that Carbon works! What releases the nutrients so the plants can absorb them?

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Old 05-26-2014, 07:12 PM
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dKoester is right on the money. However keep in mind that fungicides are nonselective biological killers! if you are trying to promote aerobics i dont recomend a fungicide!
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