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Root Zone

Course Update for June 29, 2018

By | Root Zone, Venting

With hot temperatures on their way, we will place an extra water filling station on the 15th tee for the long weekend. Please enjoy the weather safely and stay hydrated.

Hot, humid weather is ideal for disease development. Providing high performance turf while under such adverse conditions requires us to be strategic with our practices and defense tactics to help the greens battle the weather. Weekly venting (aerating) on the greens is one practice that has worked very well for us. You may have noticed the small holes at the surface of some of the greens earlier in the week. Allowing air to move through the surface and into the root zone allows the plant to breath. This is essential for the plant. Here is a photo of the small holes around the cup. The photo also shows an underground view of the air channel that allows air to move from the surface through the organic layer and into the root zone.

Have a great long weekend.

Andre Aymar, Course Superintendent

Course Update on July 21, 2017

By | Root Zone, Turf

This time of year is always very challenging to grow healthy turf while providing great playing conditions: the days are long, the weather is often hot and humid, and disease pressure is high and traffic is at its peak. Providing high performance turf while under such adverse conditions requires us to be strategic with some of our own defense tactics that help the grass sustain these environments.

Weekly venting (aerating) the low spots on the greens is one that has worked very well for us. You may have noticed tiny holes on the surface of some of the greens earlier this week. Low spots retain moisture much longer than high areas, and turf decline can happen very rapidly. Allowing air to move through the surface and into the root zone allows the plant to breath. This is essential for the plant. Below is a photo of these small holes around the cup. It also shows the view below the surface of the air channel that allows air to move from the top then down through the organic layer and into the root zone. (see photo)

Have a great weekend.

Andre Aymar
Golf Course Superintendent