A couple of weeks ago we had an outside contractor verticut our fairways. This process removes thatch that has accumulated over time. Removing the thatch has many benifits to the turf: 1) Water will penetrate in the soil easier and will not be tied up in the top layer 2) Nutrients will not bind to the thatch and will be more accessible to the turf plant 3) firmer playing service. We hope to do this process once a year until we feel the thatch is in check.
|Small grooves created by verticutting|
We have coupled the verticutting process with a lite topdressing on select fairways to see if we can build up a sand layer in our fairways which will provide an outstanding playing service. Our plan is to topdress once a month throughout the growing season and into the winter. The sand will also help dilute the organic matter or thatch. We already verticut and topdress greens and tees and now we are adding fairways to our program.