verdure

Three reasons why sand topdressing is best expressed as a depth

Here are three reasons I think it is best to express sand topdressing applied to turfgrass as a depth. Depth of sand standardizes the amount applied, independent of the mass of the sand or the area over which the sand was spread.

Total organic matter testing on putting greens: sample number and sample volume

Cale Bigelow asked me an important question last month. I’d suggested that measuring the total organic matter over time is a way “to simultaneously produce a putting surface with the desired characteristics while minimizing the amount of disruptive work done to the putting surface.

This one simple trick can transform putting greens from usually good to consistently great

What’s the trick? It is measuring the soil organic matter in the green, over time, and then adjusting the maintenance work. The purpose of this is to simultaneously produce a putting surface with the desired characteristics while minimizing the amount of disruptive work done to the putting surface.

Verdure removal (or not) in turfgrass soil profile organic matter tests

After grass is mown, the remaining aboveground plant material is called verdure. The Turfgrass Information File describes verdure as the “layer of green living plant tissue remaining above the soil following mowing.