Summer Stress Prevention – July 18, 2014
With more days being forecasted in the upper 90′s, we will begin taking stronger preventative measures to help our greens battle summer stress. We will be venting the greens again on Monday as we have been doing every few weeks. This process makes tiny holes in the greens which are 1/4″ in diameter. These open holes allow better flow of water into the soil as well as improve gas exchanges for plant life. This does not affect the playability. Within a few hours of venting, a staff member rolls the green to press down any areas that may have been disrupted in the process.
Another measure we take is called root pruning. Trees and other native plants compete for our irrigation water intended for the grass. In order to maximize our water retention in turf, we must prune back other plant roots. In the upcoming weeks, you will probably come across two thin lines sliced in the soil around trees and the perimeter of each hole. Every year we run our root pruner where woody roots are encroaching into undesirable areas. Below is a prime example of why we routinely run the root pruner.