July Wet Wilt

July 15, 2019 Dean Baker


high heat + rain + heavy traffic = “Wet Wilt”

July 2019

Some of our high traffic areas on fairways are seeing symptoms of what we call wet wilt. These compacted traffic areas do not drain as well and will stay wet for long periods of time. With the severe rains we have had followed by high temperatures, these saturated areas heat up to a point where plant roots are damaged. As the plant is already under stress with traffic, the wet wilt takes the plant closer to death. We have ruled out any disease issues based on our already strong fertility and protection program on fairways. The fairway grasses are healthy, it’s more dealing with weather & traffic compaction issues.

The solution in these areas is to restrict traffic as shown on #8 fairway. Another is to promote the water to move quicker through the soil. This can be done through slicing & solid core aerating. We will be using our maintenance Mondays to address these areas with aerating practices, which will not interfere with golf. Through this process you will see holes or slice marks, nothing that should interfere with ball placement or hitting.

Some have asked why this doesn’t occur on #16 fairway when it has been under water far more then most fairways… the answer lies in no cart traffic on that fairwayšŸ˜Š 

About the Author

Dean Baker

Dean Baker, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (Since 1989). He joined Burlington Golf & Country Club in 2012, where he has enjoyed the remodeling and renovation of this historic 1922 Stanley Thompson design. Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he remains involved with the program he graduated from, Associate Diploma in Turf Management. There he lends his expertise as an instructor to upcoming turf managers, by instructing the Human Resources for Turf Managers Course.

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