Compressibility of turf as a measure of grass growth and thatch development on bermudagrass greens

Volk, G.M.

Agronomy Journal 64(4): 503-506


ISSN/ISBN: 0002-1962
DOI: 10.2134/agronj1972.00021962006400040028x
Accession: 000047779

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Two instruments were designed for rapid determination of differences in compression on Tifdwarf bermudagrass greens between bearing pressures of 7.3 and 570 g/cm2. In studies on numerous golf greens under daily play the average compressibility varied from 6.1 to 11.5 mm. Excessive thatch development appeared to be correlated with readings greater than 9 mm, whereas less than 6 mm compression indicated an undersirably hard surface.