There is no shortage of gadgets available for today’s turfgrass manager. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to see them in-person in all their usual splendor at the Golf Industry Show next February. In lieu of this pending missed opportunity, I’ll share what tools I’ve seen work the best based on my travels during 2020.
While the old “putter thump” method of checking how dry the greens are may work for some folks, there is no replacing a well-calibrated moisture meter. No matter what brand you choose, the objective results provide valuable feedback on how much moisture is in the soil. As other performance characteristics are measured and observed in relation to the moisture meter readings, irrigation fine-tuning becomes much easier.