Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Verticut and topdressing greens

Our crews just finished verticutting and topdressing the greens at Sagamore.  This process is usually done 2-3 times per year depending on the weather and health of the greens.

Verticutting, or the process of removing some of the vertical growth that occurs around a grass plant, provides several potential benefits for the turf. It can:

  • force the remaining turf to stand up straight and smooth the putting surface for better ball roll;
  • increase green speed;
  • open the turf canopy to allow in more sunlight;
  • makes topdressing easier to work into the soil; and
  • allows the plant to put more energy into growing upright shoots instead of lateral shoots.
The greens will take a few days to heal back but should be very playable starting tommorow!!!

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