Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Winter Damage and Snowblowing Greens

Further evidence that removing snow in the winter pays dividends is in this photo of #14 green South. Getting the snow off the greens before it melts and then turns to ice has been a successful strategy for us for several years. It appears that most of our turf loss occurs when we get a warmup in the winter, warm enough to melt snow, and then the temperature drops precipitously. This temperature drop freezes the free water and the turf subsequently dies.

The portion of the green on the left side of this photo had the snow removed. Healthy turf.

We got caught by weather and were not able to remove the snow from the section of the green on the right side of this photo. Bad turf.

Removing snow from poa annua greens in the winter, works.

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