Common problems found in landscapes can be due to non-optimal air and soil temperatures, poor light levels, reduced air movement, diseases, insects, weeds, fluctuating soil moisture, high soil compaction, unbalanced nutrition, high or low pH, or excessive salinity. Measurement technology can quantify the extent of these problems. With the problem quantified the correct inputs can be applied and the data can be used to validate the management response.

Soil moisture sensors can help to

  • Improve playing conditions by reducing wet spots/localized dry spots
  • Optimize irrigation run times
  • Demonstrate water conservation and stewardship
  • Manage seasonal water restrictions
  • Reduce the need to pump water
  • Reduce pesticide need through better management
  • Increase distribution uniformity
  • Extend time between irrigation events
  • Manage irrigation head and nozzle replacement

Environment monitors can help to

  • Maintain a record of environmental conditions.
  • Predict disease, insect, and weed occurrence
  • Validate tree removal/trimming
  • Document air movement
  • Provide evapotranspiration estimates

Salinity meters can help to

  • Optimally plan flushing events
  • Know when the salts are flushed
  • Check water quality
  • Reduce labor through fewer flushing events

pH meters can help to

  • Check spray tank solutions
  • Determine soil pH for optimum fertilizer selection

Nutrient meters can help to

  • Determine turfgrass nutrition need
  • Validate effectiveness of fertilizer applications
  • Optimize fertilizer timing

Compaction meters can help to

  • Determine when to aerate
  • Demonstrate need for aerification
  • Validate aeration practices
  • Manage cart traffic
  • Monitor organic matter accumulation

 

 
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