Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Topdressing sand

We have made a change in topdressing sands.  The sand that we were using was a good sand, but it wasn't a great sand.  Why?  The old sand was very uniform in particle sizes, meaning most of the sand particles were around the same size.  The new sand is less uniform.  It contains small, medium and large size particles.  Why does this matter?  With different particle sizes, the sand fits together better, the small particles will fill in the cracks left by the larger particles.  In doing this, the sand is more stable and less shifty.  You will notice in the long term through years of topdressing that the greens will get firmer.

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Old sand

New sand