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Compacted golf greens respond to deep aeration, controlled irrigation: Los Angeles County tests

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J. Letey
L. H. Stolzy, Department of Soils and Plant Kutritwn, University of California
Wayne Morgan

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California Agriculture 18(6):8-10.

Published June 01, 1964

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Costly reconstruction of old compacted golf and bowling greens can be avoided by drilling holes at regular intervals and backfilling with a suitable growth medium, according to the southern California tests reported in the two accompanying articles. Extension Service assistance at Arrowhead Country Club, San Bernardino County, in 1961 and 1962 resulted in tests showing that deep aeration plus irrigation control increased root activity and, at the same time, reduced the amount of water needed to maintain acceptable turf during the fall and early winter by 50 to 60%. Tests last year at Arcadia, Los Angeles County, substantiated the earlier results with data showing that the 3-inch holes drilled by the usual machine—“aerators” are less effective for healthy regrowth than holes drilled to a depth of 8 inches.

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The Los Angeles County Parks Department Division of Golf Courses assisted with the study and the B. White Topsoil Co., Culver City, supplied and prepared the sand mix. The Loamite Division of Pope-Talbot Corp., San Francisco, supplied Loamite.

Compacted golf greens respond to deep aeration, controlled irrigation: Los Angeles County tests

J. Letey, L. H. Stolzy, Wayne Morgan
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Compacted golf greens respond to deep aeration, controlled irrigation: Los Angeles County tests

Share using any of the popular social networks Share by sending an email Print article
Share using any of the popular social networks Share by sending an email Print article

Authors

J. Letey
L. H. Stolzy, Department of Soils and Plant Kutritwn, University of California
Wayne Morgan

Publication Information

California Agriculture 18(6):8-10.

Published June 01, 1964

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Author Affiliations show

Abstract

Costly reconstruction of old compacted golf and bowling greens can be avoided by drilling holes at regular intervals and backfilling with a suitable growth medium, according to the southern California tests reported in the two accompanying articles. Extension Service assistance at Arrowhead Country Club, San Bernardino County, in 1961 and 1962 resulted in tests showing that deep aeration plus irrigation control increased root activity and, at the same time, reduced the amount of water needed to maintain acceptable turf during the fall and early winter by 50 to 60%. Tests last year at Arcadia, Los Angeles County, substantiated the earlier results with data showing that the 3-inch holes drilled by the usual machine—“aerators” are less effective for healthy regrowth than holes drilled to a depth of 8 inches.

Full text

Full text is available in PDF.

Author notes

The Los Angeles County Parks Department Division of Golf Courses assisted with the study and the B. White Topsoil Co., Culver City, supplied and prepared the sand mix. The Loamite Division of Pope-Talbot Corp., San Francisco, supplied Loamite.


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