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Healthy Greens & Happy Golfers

by Jamie J. Gooch, Editor

Club and Resort Business

Putting greens constitute a small percentage of the golf course, but they demand major attention from the golf-course superintendent.

To provide faster and truer putting surfaces, superintendents often opt to topdress. This process, which involves adding sand or peat to the greens, once disrupted play and gummed up equipment. These days, however, topdressing is faster, easier and more convenient for all. Topdressing helps accomplish several objectives beyond just smoothing the putting surfaces, though. It helps to control thatch, modifies the surface soil, aids in renovating and overseeding, and helps to protect greens in winter. An effective topdressing program has three primary requirements:

  1. selecting the proper topdressing material
  2. determining the appropriate rate of application; and
  3. adjusting the frequency of topdressing to site conditions.

Ultimately, a properly implemented topdressing program will lead to healthier turf and better-quality greens. And while there is almost universal agreement about the benefits of topdressing, there is not a universal program that is appropriate for all courses.

Read the entire article in a recent issue of Club and Resort Business

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