Learn more about our research! A new, open access article by Chase Straw, Connor Bolton, Joseph Young, Reagan Hejl, Joshua Friell, and Eric Watkins has been published in the journal Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment. This article discusses a case study that examined soil moisture variability findings from nine golf courses in eight different states in the U.S.
By Ryan Schwab
Water-repellent soils are one of the challenges faced by golf course superintendents. This phenomenon can cause localized dry spots (Figure 1), which are areas of wilted turfgrass struggling from a rootzone with poor water infiltration, poor water retention, and non-uniform flow of water among other important soil characteristics. The potential or severity of soil water repellency may increase once the soil dries down to a specific level.