|Greens roller improves playability while reducing turf stress|
No matter what part of the country you live in, summer brings many challenges when trying to maintain Bentgrass putting greens. Heat, drought, excess rainfall, disease, foot traffic, and insects all conspire against the turf and has it fighting for it's life. We, the agronomy department, must do our part and carefully help the plant by giving it just what it needs, at just the right times. Solid tine aeration, timely fertilizer and pesticide applications, hand watering, and routine light applications of topdressing all help keep the turf healthy and ready to deal with the stresses of summer. Some other practices we utilize during the intense summer heat include: raising the height of cut, using smooth rollers, instead of grooved, on the cutting units, rolling greens instead of mowing, and using greens fans to improve air flow.
|Light apps of sand dilute thatch, smooth and firm surface|
All of these practices are meant to lessen the amount of stress the plant is forced to endure. Once more seasonal weather sets in, the agronomy staff will make further adjustments and the practices employed will favor improving playability and not just survival.
|Greens fans improve air flow|