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Author(s):Hunter, Emory
Author Affiliation:Davenport Seed Corporation, Davenport, Washington
Title:Geotextile fabrics for greens covers
Source:Texas Turfgrass. Vol. 44, No. 2, Summer 1991, p. 28-30.
# of Pages:3
Publishing Information:College Station, TX: Texas Turfgrass Association, Inc., 1003 Howe
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Geotextile covers; Protective covers; Geotextile fabrics; Golf greens
Abstract/Contents:"In the early 1980's, a couple of ambitious textile factory representatives were looking for new applications of their polymer fabrics. They discovered that a need existed for a more reliable, less labor-intensive means of protecting golf greens from the devastating effects of winterkill. There are three types of winterkill: (1) direct low temperature kill, (2) indirect low temperature kill, and (3) dessication kill. Geotextile is a broad generic term for a textile, either woven or nonwoven, manufactured from man-made ploymers such as polyester or polypropylene, which is used in or on the soil for various engineering functions. What, then, are the performance criteria for a greens cover? 1) It should provide an approximate 15 degrees temperature differential between the air and the turf surface to protect the green from direct low temperature kill. 2) It should breathe freely, so oxygen, carbon dioxide and water vapor can pass through. Too much heat buildup under the cover can cause fungus problems or possibly heat stress on the turf. 3) It should stop wind dessication 100%. 4) It should be able to be placed and removed several times per winter as needed. 5) Water should freely pass through it. 6) It should not rip, tear or puncture during handling. 8) It should be able to be held down by staples inserted through it into the soil without also needing restraining wires strung across it. 9) It should resist ultraviolet breakdown for many years so it is reusable season after season. 10) It should not be so thin that it insulates poorly and rips in the wind and while being handled. 11) It should not be so heavy as to restrict water and gas transmission, and insulates so well that little heat is transmitted through it to the turf underneath, which is needed for early green-up. Also heavier fabrics will be more difficult to handle and bulkier to store."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Hunter, E. 1991. Geotextile fabrics for greens covers. Tex. Turfgrass. 44(2):p. 28-30.
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