Friday, December 21, 2012
Greens Health Report
Every other year we send undisturbed samples of our greens soil to the International Sports Turf Research Center (ISTRC) for a "physical exam". The greens are built to very precise USGA specs and, with age, just like a person's health, the physical characteristics of the soil deteriorate. This aging process can be offset to a large degree with aeration and other cultural practices much like diet and exercise can help us stay healthy. The results of this test let us know if we are on the right track and guides us on what, if anything, we need to do differently in order to prolong the life of the green. If we ignore the warning signs from the ISTRC report, then turf will become increasingly difficult to maintain and putting quality will decline. Our cultural practices (aeration, topdressing, verticutting, spiking) are planned using data from the ISTRC report. In other words there is indeed a method to the madness. The link below contains a copy of the most recent report. To skip the scientific stuff go to page 4 for a summary.