Horticulture Research Station

Shockwave Aerification Performance Study


Abstract

Athletic field safety is a growing concern on all levels from young children to professional sports. Finding time to close the field to relieve compaction often is difficult, but new technology offers a potential solution. The objective of this project is to compare the performance of Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) on native soil under simulated traffic subjected with various industry standard aerification methods and the Imants Shockwave. Safety parameters such as surface hardness and rotational resistance were tracked throughout the season to see if any benefits exist to athlete safety between treatments. This is the second year of a two-year study.

Keywords: Turfgrass

How to Cite: Thoms, A , Pease, B , Christians, N & Dalsgaard, T . (2019) “Shockwave Aerification Performance Study”, Iowa State University Farm Progress Reports. 2018(1).

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Published on
26 Apr 2019