Thursday, August 11, 2011

Seeding season has begun

This past week we started seeding weak areas on the greens, tees and fairways.  This year we are trying a new "type" of seed on the greens.  The seed itself is not new, what is new is a coating to help the seed stay moist during germination (called Yellow Jacket).  Prior to seeding, weak areas were aerified with "job savers" tines.  These tines do not go very deep (1/2") and are blunt on the end.  This creates a small depression in which the seed can sit, protected from the greens mowers.  Sand was then added to help add in keeping the new seed moist and protected.   We should begin to see germination within the next week.
Yellow Jacket coated A-4 bent grass seed being spread on weak areas on the greens this week.

#1 green after aerification, seeding and topdressing.  By next week the sand will disappear and the seed should begin to germinate.