Moisture issues pose some of the most common problems troubling greenkeepers when managing their course. Whether the course is getting the average rainfall or it’s being supplemented by irrigation, finding the perfect moisture level can be a challenge.
The target moisture level of a UK golf green can depend on various factors, including local climate conditions and the species of grass. With winter on its way, it is more important than ever to monitor the soil regularly.
But what is the target moisture level?
What Is the Target Moisture Level on a Golf Green?
Field capacity refers to the maximum amount of water the soil can hold after the excess has drained away, helping to ensure optimal growth and nutrition on the green. Golf courses should aim to maintain a soil moisture level of 20-30% of field capacity.
Measuring soil moisture requires specialised equipment, such as a soil moisture meter or tensiometer, alongside information about the field capacity and soil moisture tension.
What Factors Affect the Moisture Level?
The specific moisture level can vary depending on many factors, including weather conditions, seasonal variations, grass species and maintenance practices.
With climate change continuing to prolong periods of hot weather and rainfall becoming more irregular, it’s recommended that greenkeepers and golf course superintendents regularly monitor soil moisture.
By doing so, accurate adjustments can be made to irrigation practices to ensure that the turf is healthy and playable.
How to Find The Right Soil Moisture Level
It’s important to note that different grass species may have alternative moisture requirements. Local recommendations and expertise can be a great way to find the perfect level for your specific golf course.
Greenkeepers are some of the best people to turn to if you are looking for help, as they have the knowledge and experience to make informed decisions around irrigation and moisture management.
Get Your Moisture Level Right with GSS
Finding the correct moisture level for your golf green isn’t an easy task. However, the team at Grass Science Seeds are always happy to help.
For more information, get in touch today!