The Experts Put Fairway Rolling to the Test
What is most exciting is the data indicates longer ball roll will result from fairway rolling which will make golfershappy and that rolling fairways can lead to less fairway mowing which costs more than rolling.
–Thomas A. Nikolai, Ph.D., College of Agriculture Michigan State University
Although the study is preliminary and far from complete, there are significant indications that:
- Mowing height may be increased, resulting in healthier grass plants
- Soil firmness is likely to be increased resulting in longer ball roll
- Moisture retention is maintained
- Less mowing is required which would result in labor savings and less wear on expensive equipment
Third year of testing indicates up to 65% reduction in dollar spot.
– Geunhwa Jung and Jay Popko;
Stockbridge School of Agriculture
- 40-65% reduction in dollar spot
- out of 9 Rolling Studies reduced dollar spot in 2017!
- Increased rolling frequency increased dollar spot control
- Threshold based programs can reduce dollar spot apps with rolling
(2-3 apps vs 5 apps)
- Rolling = better spring green-up/turf quality
- Does not provide complete control, but can extend fungicide control
intervals at golf courses with difficult to control dollar spot
There are still more tests to run and the results to date are preliminary. But encouraging. To find out more call your Smithco dealer and set up a demonstration. We think rolling fairways could become as normal as rolling greens.