Regulating managed amenity turf growth continues to be a hot topic for groundkeepers as the benefits of using plant growth regulators (PGRs) such as Attraxor® continue to help them to save time, money and effort.
Effectively blocking the production of gibberellic acid – the plant hormone responsible for shoot elongation – leading PGR, Attraxor®, lowers the level of the hormone within the plant and redirects that energy to generate enhanced root development and lateral growth, while maintaining turf colour and quality.
In real terms, this can mean less frequent mowing, saving manpower, petrol, and associated machinery costs. The risks associated with mowing difficult or dangerous areas such as steep banks are also reduced.
Head Greenkeeper, Alan McWilliam, based at Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club in southwest Scotland, has been using Attraxor® for the past 12 months on golf greens.
Alan said: “Once applied I was really impressed with the reduction of turf growth. It has made the management of the course so much easier, reducing the amount of maintenance required.”
By using Attraxor®, growth is redirected from vertical to horizontal, increasing the density of turf. It also causes the thickening of plant cell walls and epidermis, contributing to a reduced susceptibility to some turf diseases with its regular use.
Course Manager, Ronnie Montgomery, based at Loudoun Gowf Club in Galston also said that he has been using Attraxor for the last 12 months on golf greens and has noticed a marked difference in the quality of the playing surface.
Ronnie confirmed: “We have noticed a better playing surface. Turf density has improved along with it being easier to maintain consistent greens speeds. We have also noticed this year a reduction in Microdochium.”
To find out more about Attraxor®, visit https://www.agricentre.basf.co.uk/en/Products/Product-Search/Plant-Growth-Regulator/Attraxor.html.
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