Cultural Practices

Verticutting greens

During the growing season, we will verticut the greens weekly.  This is one cultural practice needed to keep green speeds above 10 ft on stimp meter.  Basically we are mowing vertically with knives that penetrate an 1/8 Inch into the green canopy.  The knives are spaced less than a 1/4 inch apart.  The picture illustrates the material that is removed from canopy.  We will clean up greens by dragging with brush which will brush any sand back into canopy.  This will be followed by blowing debris off greens which recycles nutrient back into roughs.  The final step is double mowing green surfaces leading to smoother and firmer putting surfaces.  


Cultural Practices

Hydrojecting greens today

We use the Toro hydroject to “vent” greens.  This is a type of aerification, but machine doesn’t pull cores.  The hydroject uses water from our irrigation system and blasts a hole in soil profile and rolls over green.  The hole spacing is 1 inch centers.  It will take us 24 man hours to do all 18 greens.  


 The benefits: 1. air to root zone 2. Water movement 3. Compaction relief 4. Relieves dry areas.