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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Green Speed Factors

Frequently asked question - "Do you just cut the greens lower to make them faster?"
The answer is no. Mowing height is only one factor involved in green speeds.
Green speeds are not increased by simply lowering the cutting height of a mower. Each individual turf species has limitations on how low it can be mowed with being severely damaged.

Numerous factors influence the green speeds on a daily based.
These factors include, but are not limited to:

The firmness of the green’s surface
The irrigation schedules of the green’s surfaces
Rolling of the greens
Single or double cutting the greens
The construction method (root zone mix) of the greens
Grooming of the greens
Brushing of the greens prior to mowing
Fertilization rates
Rainfall amounts
Wind velocities
Humidity levels
Topdressing schedules
Cupping locations
Contour of the green’s surface
Aerification schedules
Ball marks
Thatch levels
Grain formation
Soil temperatures
Turfgrass variety established on the green

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