As a golfer, it is second nature to grab a bottle of water to stay hydrated during a round of golf on a hot day, but have you ever wondered how much water the turfgrass you are playing on needs to stay healthy and hydrated? Many golf course superintendents can answer that question with amazing precision through the use of something called a water budget. Here’s how it works.
A water budget is calculated using a formula that takes into account the following variables:
- The size of the irrigated area.
- The amount of water lost through evaporation from the soil and transpiration through the plants.
- The average amount of rainfall, adjusted to account for runoff
- The type of grass species