Friday, September 21, 2012

Rough Rejuvenation

Would like to explain the actual process we are doing to rejuvenate some areas in the roughs and the clubhouse lawns, front entrance plus the maintenance facility grounds. The process is as follows:

-A plant growth regulator is applied to the existing stand of turf. This greatly slows the growth rate of the plant.
-The existing turf is then scalped as low as possible.
-The areas are then aerified.
-Seed is worked into the soil.
-A light amount of compost is added.
-Water, water and more water
-Fertilizer is applied as germination occurs

A major improvement in this process is the actual seed we are using. It's a Turf Type Tall Fescue variety that we have chosen after extensive research. While it is certainly not a "miracle grass" there are benefits such as improved drought and disease tolerance. This means less water and pesticides are required to maintain the turf.

A good example of Turf Type Tall Fescue (not the particular variety we are using) is the surrounds on the back right bunker on #18 green. Specifically the area behind this bunker. The variety we are using has a finer leaf blade but the improved stand of turf is very noticeable compared to other areas.

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