Created on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:17
Written by Karl Danneberger
Whether its Poa annua
, creeping bentgrass, or bermudagrass greens, invariably they become "puffy" sometime during the growing season. At this moment many of you are experiencing puffy greens. Puffy is a rather interesting term used to describe the feel of the turf as one walks across it and visually for the reason for the sudden scalping that occurs. Dr. Ralph Engel while at Rutgers University described puffiness and the problems with it in a USGA Green Section Record article as:
"On occasions, bentgrass and Poa annua greens develop soft, puffy qualities that tend to ridge or buckle into a slightly higher position than established by the mower. The loose, dense, poorly rooted growth makes a poor putting surface. This slight unevenness occasionally enables the mower to grab chunks of the soft, puffy turf and its scalps or gouges the surface. This produces a poor green."