Friday, August 5, 2011

Driving Range Tee

In the front right corner of the upper driving range tee we are doing a small experiment to see if we can get bentgrass seed to not only germinate but grow during the heat of summer. When a course is first built and seeded there is a period between construction and opening that we call a "grow-in". Basically it's getting the turf to the point where it can be played upon. The initial part of a grow-in is keeping the seedbed moist. So we are watering every 2 hours for just about 5 minutes until the turf is mature enough that we can back off and start watering deep and infrequently to improve root growth. So far we are seeing some germination within 7 days of seeding. Usually bentgrass takes 10-14 to germinate under ideal conditions.

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