|Soil moisture meter|
|Greens soil moisture|
Spring is a very important time for turfgrass to be able to grow healthy roots in order to survive the stresses that are associated with summer. By keeping the greens drier in the spring, the plant puts more effort into finding water, thus growing deeper roots which can uptake more water and nutrients from the soil. The moisture meter helps us achieve growing deeper roots by monitoring the turf and only giving it water when it is absolutely necessary.
|Firm and Fast conditions with moisture 2" down|
|Root growth for our turf|
By implementing this practice you may notice that the conditions on the course are much firmer and faster than previous seasons because we are limiting water to focus on root growth. These conditions will not only help us increase our total root mass, but also limit disease and poa seed germination since the turf will not be wet for extended periods of time. With our continuing use of the moisture meter through the year we can expect to see more consistency from green to green while reducing the amount of resources needed to maintain a high quality playing surface. If you have any questions about what we are doing feel free to stop in, and we will be glad to explain our method to the madness.