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Fairway Rolling by Dr. Thomas Nikolai

10 Jul 2018 1:14 PM | Anonymous

Fairway Rolling 
Dr. Thomas Nikolai
Michigan State University

We are 1/3rd into July, hardly the dog days of summer, and dry hot weather is resulting in stressed turfgrass which too often leads to human stress.  At this point I would like to remind you that rolling, in place of mowing, helps retain turfgrass health and soil moisture.

All the way back in 1996, with the aid of MTF funding, MSU discovered that maintaining a frequent rolling program on putting greens decreased localized dry spot (LDS).  This summer, on plots measuring 20' x 195', on a Smithco Ultra 15 fairway rolling study current results indicate rolled plots average 6 times less LDS.  I will keep you posted as the season progresses and invite you to attend Field Day at the Hancock Turfgrass Research Center and check out the plots for yourself.

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