Layers in greens, particularly near the putting surface, can cause many severe problems including short regionalUpdateContent systems, waterlogged regionalUpdateContentzones, and increased disease incidence. Most layers in greens are the result of excess organic matter accumulation which in turn is often the result of inadequate aeration and topdressing practices. However, layering can also occur from flooding (which often leaves behind a deposit of silt) or, as in this case, dust storms. Whether it be flooding or dust storm, the silt and soil left behind must be removed as quickly and as completely as possible. Most superintendents use a combination of blowing, brushing, and washing to clean the greens.
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