Monday, July 4, 2016
Managing Excessive Organic Material in Greens
Greens Getting Better Everyday. With all the extra fertility we have had to apply to the greens to help them recover we have generated a lot more organic matter in the greens this year than usual causing them to be puffy, or have a "spongy" feeling, which reduces the firm, fast feel of the greens and allowing our greensmowers to start scalping and gouging areas in the greens.
We have worked too hard in getting the greens back to lay off of them now so that is why we got aggressive with our verticutting process this past week. The whole idea of getting aggressive is to remove the stolons or top growth on the greens. It looks very intense but is actually one of the best things we can do for our greens as it removes the excess growth in the greens, allows for more sand topdressing to be incorporated into the greens, creates a firmer faster surface, and reduces the potential scalping issues that we have been facing.