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Superior Golf Course Turf Performance
Want to improve the soil underneath your golf course? Apply a light topdressing of compost to your fairways and tee boxes.
Adding a good-quality compost can:
- Improve soil structure (even those with high clay amount)
- Produce excellent sprout test results
- Superior germination
- Reduce compaction
- Increase infiltration
- Improve water and nutrient retention
- Heighten soil microbial activity
- Enhance turfgrass color
- Increase growth and foliar N concentrations
- Decrease the need for synthetic fertilization and chemical herbicides
Not only that, but amending compost into even poor soils should result in "better turf performance and may save on fertilizer and irrigation costs." ((source)
Here's what the experts say
"Surface application of compost is a means of gradually incorporating organic matter into soil over a period of three to five years. It’s typically accomplished by light topdressings of compost following core aeration. Surface application of a 0.25-inch layer of compost is easily worked into aeration holes and mixed with soil cores by dragging or slicing with a disc seeder or verticutting equipment. The key to successful surface applications is to obtain good incorporation and mixing with soil. Simply depositing compost on the surface with no incorporation will result in an organic layer on the surface that can lead to excess water retention and shallow rooting." (source)
"Recent research results from a large-surface application trial showed that four years of applying annual applications of 0.25 inch of a yard-trimmings compost (60 percent organic matter) showed an increase in organic matter of 1.5 percent." (source)
"the composts used in this work clearly enhanced turfgrass color and increased growth and foliar N concentrations" (source)
"Spring and fall topdressing applications of composted biosolids and a blend of composted biosolids and yard waste enhanced turfgrass color and increased growth and foliar N concentrations of a mixed sward of creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass. Both the duration and magnitude of these growth characteristics were dictated by the source and chemical characteristics of the composts used in this work. Turf color following the May topdressing applications was enhanced for 6 to 8 wk by the composted biosolids and for 4 to 5 wk by the blend of composted biosolids and yard waste compared with the nontopdressed control." (source)
"Research has shown that using compost gathered in a variety of ways, including grass clippings and other routine maintenance activities, can have positive affects on a variety of grass strands, especially fairway-cut creeping bent grass and Poa annua strands. A recent study by Ohio State University researchers and industry experts, among them Dr. Michael Boehm and Dr. Joseph Rimelspach, demonstrated that color and foliar-nitrogen concentrations were positively affected for up to 50 days after topdressing with a locally available compost sludge. The report cited research at Ohio State and elsewhere has documented the disease-suppressive qualities of some composts and that composted material can improve soil fertility and physical structure." (source)
"Since the courses [in Madison, Wisconsin] started applying compost to fairways and tee boxes in 2008-2009, course officials have been impressed with the results." (source)
"Within three years of when compost was first used on the fairways and tee boxes, the Meadows of Sixmile Creek golf course in Wanaukee, Wisconsin was able to replace 100 percent of its synthetic fertilization and 95 percent of its chemical herbicides." (source)
"compost has been effective in providing the nutrients once supplied by fertilizer" (source)
“We’ve seen a reduction in thatch, and an increase in water holding capacity. Last year, we went through the worst drought of my lifetime — seven or eight weeks with no rain. But we came through it very well in comparison to the other courses in the area; we attribute the difference to the compost we had been applying.” (source)
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