Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Moss Study

Late last year I made an interesting observation about how moss grew in relation to traffic patterns on putting greens. More about that can be read here.

Shade makes it hard to grow healthy dense turf that
can compete with moss.
I have decided to study the effects of traffic and wear on moss populations on our practice chipping green this year. I have divided the putting green into plots that will be rolled daily the number of times indicated on each plot. We are using this green because in the past it has always had a problem with moss infestation due to the challenging growing conditions, namely shade, that are present on this site.

The results from this study will hopefully help golf course superintendents better understand moss on putting greens and will hopefully help them manage their turf to control or prevent moss without the need for chemical pesticides.

Thank you for your patients and understanding during this study.  Please continue to use this green as you normally would.