Bermuda grass needs proper fer­til­iza­tion, too

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PLANTS need proper food to at­tain op­ti­mal growth and de­vel­op­ment. Plants also need to be fer­til­ized, as this will pro­vide the essen­tial nu­tri­ents they re­quire. An un­der­nour­ished plant will not have the ca­pac­ity to reach its pro­duc­tion po­ten­tial dur­ing its early stages.

But the use of fer­til­iz­ers is not limited to agri­cul­tural crops. Turf grass, like those found in golf cour­ses, also need to be fer­til­ized to meet its nu­tri­tional re­quire­ments. Golf course turf—which is usu­ally Ber­muda grass ( Cy­nadon dacty­lon)— is the grass cov­er­ing golf cour­ses. It is main­tained by a greens keeper who takes mea­sures to con­trol weeds and in­sects, and to in­tro­duce nu­tri­ents through fer­til­iza­tion.

Ber­muda grass, which is a lawn or turf grass, has many other uses, par­tic­u­larly in farm­ing and an­i­mal hus­bandry. In some coun­tries, it is used as cat­tle feed, and as for­age for cat­tle and other small ru­mi­nants, and planted to con­trol the ero­sion brought about by ex­cess rain or over­wa­ter­ing.

Golf cour­ses usu­ally hire golf course man­age­ment ex­perts and greens keep­ers to take care, and main­tain the aes­thetic look and ex­cel­lent playa­bil­ity, of the greens. Ex­perts such as MJ Carr Golf Man­age­ment Inc. care for the course turf of places like the Val­ley Golf and Coun­try Club, pop­u­larly known as Val­ley, which is lo­cated in the rolling hills of An­tipolo City in Rizal.

Ac­cord­ing to chair­man Michael Ray Carr, the greens at the Val­ley are metic­u­lously de­signed so that golfers are chal­lenged to use most, if not all, their clubs.

AD­DRESS­ING CARE RE­QUIRE­MENTS To main­tain the Ber­muda grass on the greens, Carr said they use an or­ganic fer­til­izer, Amino Plus Fo­liar Fer­til­izer, to pro­tec­tother plants and trees around the Val­ley, which is an en­vi­ron­ment-friendly golf course. He be­lieves that the proper ap­pli­ca­tion of fer­til­izer is one of the most vi­tal el­e­ments needed by the Ber­muda grass.

Ber­muda grass has the abil­ity to grow in dif­fer­ent cli­mate con­di­tions due to its ex­ten­sive root sys­tem. But for this root sys­tem to de­velop to the three inches or more that is con­sid­ered ideal, Carr says it re­quires good fer­til­izer. With it, brown spots can be avoided, and the health of the grass can be main­tained. “The fo­liar fer­til­izer con­trib­uted much for the im­prove­ment of the roots. Not just plain im­prove­ment, but [its use] re­sulted in [a] big dif­fer­ence in the root sys­tem.”

as man­i­fested by the vi­brant color of the blades, and the long and sturdy roots. In ad­di­tion, dam­age to the grass due to weather dis­tur­bances could be pre­vented or min­i­mized with the proper ap­pli­ca­tion of in­puts, like or­ganic fer­til­iz­ers and re­lated prod­ucts.

Plants, in­clud­ing Ber­muda grass,that are sprayed with Amino Plus can be­come more re­sis­tant to dis­eases and other stresses like drought or flood­ing. It is man­u­fac­tured in Man­daue City by Global Green Or­ganic Fer­til­izer, Inc. and is reg­is­tered with the Fer­til­izer and Pes­ti­cide Author­ity; it is also cer­ti­fied by the Or­ganic Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter of the Philip­pines.

Trim­mings and fish scraps—par­tic­u­larly those of mack­erel-type fish—are fer­mented to pro­duce the or­ganic fo­liar fer­til­izer.Un­like other fer­til­iz­ers de­rived from fish and other nat­u­ral sources, Amino Plus Fo­liar Fer­til­izer is not pro­cessed at high tem­per­a­tures, thus pre­vent­ing the de­nat­u­ra­tion of pro­teins while re­tain­ing amino acids, en­zymes, vi­ta­mins, and nat­u­ral oil.

Turf grass like what can be found on golf cour­ses needs to be fer­til­ized in or­der to meet its nu­tri­tional re­quire­ments.

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