Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Growing THE PLAYERS: Growth Regulation

As THE PLAYERS approaches and the weather begins to warm up, it is time to start incorporating turfgrass growth regulators into our program.  Last week we started adding Trinexapac-ethyl (TE) to our weekly greens spray application.  TE is a plant growth regulator, meaning it will regulate the vertical growth of the plant itself by inhibiting cell-elongation, in turn promoting lateral growth via tillers, stolons, and rhizomes.  With regular applications of this product we will be able to increase the greens tolerances to heat, disease, high traffic, and shade.  We stop applying plant growth regulators during the cool months simply because the Ultradwarf greens are not actively growing.  With the application of TE we can ensure that our greens with be as healthy as possible for THE PLAYERS Championship in May.