Over 1.5 inches of rain and counting. Bad news no golf today, good news we are getting a great salt flush for the turf!
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.
Drainage system working well, enjoy final round of ABCD tourney!
I’ve lowered the rough heights from 1.5 inches to 1 inch the last 10 days. The lower height has “scalped” some areas and the brown color will turn green in a week. The brown you see is stems from the height reduction. This is necessary to clean up the roughs from winter play and wear.
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.