# The GvX equation

I’ve been recommending the Turf GvX as a way to check the observed (measured) growth of the grass at any particular time of year.^{1}

The clipping volume on its own tells you how much the grass is actually growing. The GvX tells you something subtly different—how much the grass is growing in relation to how much it is expected to grow based on recent temperatures.

This^{2} is the GvX equation:

$GvX = \frac{ClipVol}{20 \times GP} \times 100$

where…

$GR$ is the turfgrass growth ratio

$ClipVol$ is the clipping volume, expressed in units of mL/m^{2}

$20$ is the *standard* amount of clippings, set at 20 mL/m^{2}

$GP$ is the temperature-based turfgrass growth potential developed by PACE Turf

and 100 puts the GvX onto an integer scale

If you are using a different measuring unit for clipping volume, then use the equivalent of 20 mL/m^{2} in the denominator, with whatever unit you are measuring in, and express your $ClipVol$ in the numerator in those same units. Now you have a ratio that immediately shows how much the grass is growing compared with the expected amount of clippings given the recent weather.

For example, if the clipping volume is 12, and the GP is 0.5, then the GvX would be:

$\frac{12}{20 \times 0.5} \times 100 = 120$

I have usually looked at a trailing 7, 14, or 30 day average of growth ratio. See the related posts below for more about the GvX.

Also, see Jason Haines’—he came up with the idea—blog post titled Turfgrass speedo is still my most important tool for managing turf growth after 4 years.