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Preparation for level 1 water use ban

Preparation for level 1 water use ban

Due to the severe drought, at the end of this week (16th of May), Auckland golf courses that use town supply as their water source for irrigating their turf and completing other course maintenance will need to stop using that water source – irrigation will not be...

Sports turf management enhances professional sporting career

Sports turf management enhances professional sporting career

Five years ago, a young talented cricketer completed a sports turf management programme whilst also studying for NCEA at St Peter’s College, Cambridge. That young cricketer was Tim Siefert, who is now a New Zealand Black Cap in the short forms of T20 & One day...

Vision for Asian golf industry now a reality

Vision for Asian golf industry now a reality

New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI), a member of the Labosport group, is pleased to announce its partnership with the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) in delivering the inaugural Certificate in Greenkeeping (CIG) programme, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – the first of its kind in Asia…

NZSTI Turf App

NZSTI Turf App

The NZSTI Turf App contains practical tools to help you get the most out of your turf. These tools have been developed with the input of the agronomists here at the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute and have been tried and tested to ensure accurate results...

NZSTI Awards Scholarship

NZSTI Awards Scholarship

NZSTI Training Manager Lindsay Roberston (left) with Megan Cushnahan (right) receiving her scholarship. The New Zealand Sports Turf Institute recently awarded a $3,000 scholarship to Megan Cushnahan to contribute towards her studies in Precision...

Waikato Bowling Greenkeeping Association

Waikato Bowling Greenkeeping Association

Waikato Bowling Greenkeeping Association hosted their last field day for the year on Mon 6th of November. Members from both Waikato and Thames Valley Greenkeeping Association visited Hinuera, Matamata, Matamata RSA and Rewa Bowling Clubs, where a number of seasonal...

Watering Warm Season Grasses

Watering Warm Season Grasses

New turf plants require a different approach to irrigation. As the northern regions of New Zealand install ever increasing areas of warm season (C4) turf across sports fields and golf courses, it’s important to look at how irrigation…

Why Is Rainfall Better Than Irrigation?

Why Is Rainfall Better Than Irrigation?

It’s not always there when you need it, but rainfall typically results in more even soil moisture, greater turf health and improved growth rates. After a significant rain event during a dry summer, many turfgrass practitioners will…

Common Practices Can Be Questioned

Common Practices Can Be Questioned

When turf managers fully understand how much water the root-zone can store, they may develop the confidence to change from daily to less frequent irrigation. A fundamental principle of irrigation taught to turf management…

Tips for Effective Irrigation

Tips for Effective Irrigation

t’s easy to consider water shortages an overseas problem yet New Zealand is not exempt. Those not convinced that water is a precious, increasingly scarce resource in this country need to recall that…

Using Moisture Meters to Make Informed Decisions

Using Moisture Meters to Make Informed Decisions

Gathering more data, then taking the time to understand what it’s telling you about your greens can eliminate the risks of over-watering. Too often the response to a hot, dry day is to fire up the irrigation at night, along with the water budget…