Thursday, June 7, 2012

Soil moisture

Proper soil moisture is important in maintaining quality turf.  During dry periods we can control the amount of water added to greens.  To help us quantify how much and when to water we use two different types of soil moisture meters.  One is installed into the green and readings are sent wireless back to the irrigation computer every 10 minutes.  The other is by a hand held device.  Below are pictures of the soil moisture meter and how it is installed into the green.

The two different soil moisture meters.

This meter reads soil moisture, temp and EC at two different depths and send this the info wireless every 10 minutes back to the irrigation computer.
Soil meter being installed in the green.
Jesus adding soil back around the sensor.  They are installed near the edges of the green so not to interfere with cutting cups.