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Mitigating Cart Damage

May 11, 2022 | Categories: ,
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As if there is not enough stress on your turf throughout the season, cart damage can be that thorn in your side you could do without. Like the weather, it is unavoidable. However, there are ways to mitigate the wear and damage.

Cultural practices are key in this area. Having barriers such as ropes, stakes, and signs may help spread the traffic and in most situations alleviate 80% of your problem. But there are inevitably those problem areas that seem to have no solution. In this case, you treat it like another stressor. Set it up for the best possible outcome by looking at moisture, soil structure, and fertility.

Moisture

Adding an irrigation head or installing drainage can help turf, but if that sort of infrastructure is not feasible, applications of wetting agents can help keep turf alive. Using a granular product such as Vivax or spraying one of the new Hydro-Pak products (Infiltrip, Percolate, or Aqueous) will improve turf health and appearance, especially if you have not treated these areas before. 

Soil Structure

Turf struggles from the wear and compaction of traffic, so aeration is your best friend in the short term. But the long term has a different approach. Think about using an organic-based fertilizer each season going forward to help “cushion” the soil and add some structure where your roots grow.

Fertility

Stressed turf can use a little more nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. To keep it simple, consider extending your tee or green program area to include problem traffic areas. 

Just 1% of extra material and effort can pay big dividends in the health and look of the perennial battle against cart damage.

Jeff Leuzinger
Sales Representative

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