Update: Fresh Air – April 13, 2015
Our greens are looking fantastic right now and we work so hard to keep them this way all season. Earlier this year, we posted images of our project to help introduce cool, clean air into the sub layers of our greens. We will focus our efforts for this task in the early morning. This allows cooler air to be pushed into the drain pipes which will help raise soil temperatures during the middle of summer. Below are two videos showing how we intend use this capability to help maintain healthy greens while pushing the fast, firm conditions during the summer months. Staff members will blow air into the drain pipes on a regular schedule to maximize root depths throughout each green. Pushing our roots deeper allows us to conserve water enabling a better balance of sustainability and playability.
We have attached back-pack blowers to the open ends of our drain pipes which run underneath #10 green. Our goal was to introduce fresh, cool ambient air into the pipes forcing air out into the gravel layer and soil to provide a healthier growing environment for our roots. We probed holes into the green to check for the strength of air flow. A ping pong ball was placed over the hole to display air flow. Here’s what we discovered!
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