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The ATC blog has moved

After eight and a half years, and 841 posts, I've moved the blog to More details about that at the end.

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That first post about Banyan GC in Hua Hin sure seems like a long time ago!


What's going to happen with the 841 posts that are here now? I'm going to leave them just as they are, for now. I may migrate them to another address sometime, but I'd like to do that while still having pointers to the new location from the existing addresses, so I don't break too many links. Since I don't know how to do that right now, I'm not going to rush to change anything. For now, just expect this to be as it is, and all new content is going to be at

Why make the change? I have a few reasons.

  • It will be easier for me to write and make use of what I've written using the new setup
  • I think the new site looks better and I hope you do too
  • The new site should load faster

I've used the Beautiful Jekyll template to generate the new site. I write posts in Markdown, Jekyll generates a static site, and there you have it. And I get to have my blog in plain text and under version control, which is useful for me in a lot of ways. For example, A Short Grammar of Greenkeeping is written in Markdown too. If I want to make books or booklets with some of the content from the blog, it is going to be a lot easier if I have it all in folders on my computer in plain text files, rather than in messy HTML in databases on some server I don't own.

Plus, it's faster and looks better.

Turfgrass roundup: June 2017

Three points about turfgrass roots and fertilizer.

Frank Rossi, Dan Dinelli, and Roch Gaussoin on TurfNet Radio talking organic matter.

Zoysia growing into bermuda at 6.8 cm per month.

Matee Suntisawasdi with photos of zoysia greens in Thailand:

Predictions about turfgrass and climate change in a new paper by Jerry Hatfield.

How much nitrogen is in rain and snow?

The Asian Tour was in Samui for the Queen's Cup:

A correspondent asked, about fertilizing based on soil salinity, "is there a particular reason you think it's a poor way to fertilize?"

About soil salinity, fertilizer, and not jumping on bandwagons.

Fertility might not mean what you think it does.

Reinders with a summary and lots of photos in a U.S. Open volunteer recap:

Jason Haines says measurement of clipping volume is "already proving to be more valuable that I originally expected".

And with all the measuring, he hasn't found any "increase in time that it takes to cut the greens in the morning."

He also wrote about growth rate and disease.

And extreme growth rate turfnerdery.

Do the MLSN guidelines include all 17 essential elements?

Gypsum isn't required prior to leaching salt from sand rootzones.

I'm confident that when grass grows less, the green speed will be faster.

Paul Robertson started an extraordinarily long and wide-ranging conversation with a simple question: anyone using a Pelzmeter?

"Sorry if this is a rubbish question," a correspondent wrote, about different MLSN guidelines for different grass species.

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