The Superintendent's Tool Box: Soil Profile Sampler

This will be the first of a series of posts through the summer that will highlight the tools we use to monitor course conditions on a daily basis.  The first tool we will highlight is a Soil Profile Sampler.  We use this on a daily basis to see what is happening to the part of the turfgrass system that we cannot see from above ground.

Just like a hollow tine will pull a core when aerating, this tool pulls a profile of the soil that is about 4"x10".

From this profile we can monitor soil properties, rooting depth, moisture and organic matter accumulation.

This profile is from the fairway.  You can easily see the progress of our fairway topdressing program in this profile.

The profile fits easily back into the soil to prevent any lasting disruption to the surface.
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