Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ventilation On Greens

Ventilation can be defined as an act in which air is mixed into a substance. On the golf course, we implement ventilation to mix air into the soil on which the turf is grown. Air is comprised of numerous elements, all of which are vital to the growth and health of a turfgrass plant. Other beneficial properties of ventilation include compaction relief, promotion of healthier root growth, and increased water infiltration rates.

We chose to ventilate the greens for numerous reasons that suited our needs, from an agronomic standpoint, as well as the golfers' needs. When the greens get ventilated, the canopy is opened and channels are created in the soil. As shown in the picture to the right, very little disturbance is done to the surface of the green. Playability of the golf green is retained immediately after the ventilation is performed.

Ventilation is great to perform during the weather conditions that we have been experiencing. Later in the growing season, as the bermudagrass begins to grown much more rapidly, we will integrate hollow tine aerification into our program. This will enable us to remove organic accumulations in the green.