Friday, May 29, 2015

Fertilizer application to Bermudagrass

Ammonium sulfate fertilizer being applied at 1lb or nitrogen per thousand square feet.  With aeration behind us and warm weather ahead the fertilizer will help enhance the Bermuda grass to take over and out compete the rye grass.  There will be some thin and/or Bare spots that will need additional attention throughout the early summer months but we will have a plan to attack those areas as they arise. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Winterkill replacement around the Putting Green

Cutting out the winter kill Bermuda for new Bermuda grass
Northbridge Bermuda being installed by the turf care crew.  The new variety is suppose to be winter hardy.  I have heard that before.  But it has to be better than the one we had before.

Area is complete now water. 
Watering will continue a couple times a day until rooting takes place.

Bermuda grass aeration

All Bermuda grass playing surfaces have been aerated. Cleaning up is growing on as I make this blog post.  The fairways are aerated with the pull behind units. It removes a 3/4 inch tines every 6 inches.  This helps with plant health and water infiltration.  We also perform a more aggressive aeration to the green surrounds and tee tops.  In these areas we remove a half inch size plug every 2.5 inches.  

Dragging the the plugs 
Blowing off the plugs so we can get out and mow.  We are ready for this week to be over with!

Solid tine and verti cut

With the cooler spring weather the holes from the April aeration stayed open longer than anticipated. So I decided to make a change to the late spring scheduled aeration.  We went out with a solid needle tine to supportive root growth leading into the summer. This also helps with water penetration. We followed up with the verti cutters to remove some thatch.  Verti cutting is a means for us to remove a small amount thatch with less disruption than aeration.  Once the greens have been cleaned from the debris the sand topdressing is applied and brushed into the slits.  This also helps with thatch dilution and firmness. Recovery time will be a few days to a week.
Solid tine venting
Verti cutting at an 1/8th inch depth
Picture of the amount if debris the verti cutter pulls up
Cleaning of the greens 
Sand topdressing being applied to fill in the slits.