Turf & Irrigation Blog

Winter Friendly Warm-Season Turfgrass

The USGA released an article about the growing trend of golf courses located in transition zones opting for warm-season turfgrass to accommodate tight budgets. Maintaining cool season turf during the summer months is difficult and costly due to excessive heat, irrigation requirements, disease pressure and traffic effects. When these grasses can’t be perfectly maintained, golfing conditions become poor.  Obviously, this is bad for the bottom line. Still, warm-season turfgrass thins during the winter months, so golf course superintendents have struggled with finding a balance that works for their budget.  But now, thanks to USGA funded research, there are warm-season turfgrass varieties that
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Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

Kenney Machinery is dedicated to helping our clients prosper. Hiring the right people plays a major role in the success of your business. But first, you have to navigate the tricky territory of job interviews and employee on-boarding. We recently came across an article entitled “Five Hiring Mistakes to Avoid” on the Golf Course Industry website that speaks to these subjects. The article raises awareness of the increase in employment-related litigation cases that have risen since the economic downturn. Here are some of our takeaways from the article: When interviewing a potential candidate, be mindful of the Federal Laws  that
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Short-Term Toro Aeration Equipment Rentals: For Golf Course Aeration Needs

Preventative maintenance is an integral part of successful golf course management, and having the right equipment to get specific jobs done is a key part of that success. Now that fall has arrived, golf courses are beginning the process of aeration. Kenney Machinery is offering short-term Toro aeration equipment rentals to keep every golf course in top shape. Aeration achieves three important objectives. It relieves soil compaction, it provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a green’s roots and it reduces or prevents the accumulation of excess thatch. Like so many things, the quality
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Kenney Machinery Keeps Crooked Stick Greens Up to Par for PGA Tournament

The 2012 the BMW Championship is taking place at Crooked Stick Golf Club just north of Indianapolis, where the top golfers in the world including Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia and more will compete for what promises to be one of the most exciting golf events of the year. Crooked Stick Golf Club is ready for the best PGA players in the world, and Kenney Machinery is proud to have helped prepare the Pet Dye designed course for the honor of hosting one of the most prestigious golf tournaments of the year. In order to
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Don’t Guess – Check the numbers!

When do you need to aerify your turf? Go by the numbers to remove guesswork when it comes to topdressing and core aeration. BY BOB BRAME Golf turf professionals understand the importance of putting green topdressing and core aeration operations, but a lack of information combined with golf facility politics can compromise what is actually accomplished. Often the leadership of a facility underestimates the importance of aeration and topdressing programs. Since these programs are critical to the performance of the greens, it is vital that the superintendent does a good job of communicating the need for these admittedly disruptive practices. Physical soil testing can provide scientific evidence of the need to continually cultivate the rootzone and provide a
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