Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thatch Removal on Greens

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone.  The weather was perfect all weekend and the golf course was packed with hundreds of people enjoying themselves.  Based on the feedback I recieved over the weekend from golfers, the condition of the greens surpassed expectations.  It was nice to be validated and that all the hard work the staff has put into the golf course over the past few weeks has been noticed.  With the busy holiday weekend behind us, our focus switches to cultural practices on greens to ensure they stay firm and healthy through the summer months.

With this in mind, the grounds staff is performing a core aeration on greens.  Don't be alarmed, the tines we are using are very small and the debris created is easily cleaned up.  Once the green has been cored, a thin layer of sand is incorporated into the holes.  As you can see from the picture at the bottom right, the surface is very playable immediately after the process.

This coring physically removes the troublesome thatch and allows the topdressing sand someplace to go.  The improved oxygen content and reduction in surface compaction should allow the Bentgrass to be as healthy as possible leading into another hot Oklahoma summer.

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