|Full afternoon sun for my moss green. Yikes!|
The moss study is ongoing but lately I have been using the study green to make decisions on rolling frequency on my putting greens. I feel that rolling is a very important tool for managing turfgrass pests on golf courses such as dollar spot (Sclerotinia homoeocarpa) and Fusarium patch (microdochium nivale). Rolling isn't just a tool to make your greens smooth any more.
|Rolled 8x daily..ummmm no thanks|
|Rolled 2x daily. In this heat this is unacceptable thinning.|
My little green has 6 different daily rolling frequencies ranging from 0-8x daily. So far I can say that anything over 3x daily is pushing it. Turf quality has been consistently below acceptable levels so I wouldn't waste your time rolling more than 3x daily on any test plots. Typically I see the best results from the 1x and 2x daily rolling. 3x daily rolling only seem beneficial when temperatures are cool, growth rates are high, and fusarium patch activity is also high.
I think that this kind of test green is an overlooked part of most golf courses these days. Have a small area to compare different cultural practices is a fantastic tool for turf managers to optimize their playing surfaces. In the future I will always have a similar area where I can compare my daily management practices to see what will give me the best product.
|Rolled 1x daily. Not bad for being|
grown in full shade.