In the Desert Southwest, bermudagrass recovery from overseeding struggled at a golf course in southern Nevada where excessive organic matter accumulation limited water infiltration and root health. Rather than battling this condition for years with an unpredictable outcome, the superintendent employed a much faster and more aggressive strategy to alleviate the conditions. Watch the video to see the soil profile and hear what the superintendent used to improve playability and restore bermudagrass health. The golf course was closed for four weeks in July to allow the turf to fully recover. Stay tuned for the April 17th edition of the USGA Green Section Record West Regional Update to see a follow-up video showing the result of this aggressive strategy two years later.
An Aggressive Strategy for Managing Organic Matter Accumulation
April 1, 2015
By Brian Whitlark, agronomist, West Region