Layers In Greens Are Trouble No Matter Where They Come From
By Bud White, director, Mid-Continent RegionMay 1, 2014
|Superintendent Greg Leach of the Lubbock Country Club in Lubbock, Texas took this photo and then took cover. Dust storms can deposit enough silt and debris on greens to cause layering problems in the future.|
Layers in greens, particularly near the putting surface, can cause many severe problems including short root systems, waterlogged rootzones, 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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