Topdressing has become standard in golf course management. For years, many golf course superintendents practiced heavy topdressing in the spring and fall after core aeration. In the last 10 to 15 years, many of them have switched to lighter, more frequent sand topdressing in their greens management program.
Research has shown that greens that are not topdressed have poorer turf quality than those that are topdressed as little as two times per year. Greens that are not topdressed become thatchy and puffy, and can result in scalping and shorter ball-roll distances. And this is where the importance of using the GreensGroomer line of Natural Turf Maintenance Products matters.
With a greater emphasis on more frequent greens topdressing, having a reliable, efficient topdressing brush adds up to savings of time. Using the GreensGroomer as a part of the pre-mow routine will also improve conditions for when light, frequent topdressing occurs.
The cost of fairway topdressing varies based on the type of sand, equipment and labor hours. It is definetly not cheap. However, an arguement can be made that the price of topdressing is offset by a decline in the need for chemicals (fungicides) and an increase in cart fee's and overall rounds played (less restrictions on carts and course closings).
Large precipitation events will always be a nightmare for general managers and superintendents, there will always be course closings. But a fairway topdressing program could significantly decrease the longevity of a heavy rains negative effects. Potentially, carts and large equipment could be out mere hours after a large storm with little danger of damaging the turf or sacrificing playbility.
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