The road to recovery has begun. On Friday April 25th we over-seeded the 5th green with creeping bentgrass. The following is a description of the process we used.
The first step is to prepare the green for seeding by using a special tool called a Job Saver tine. These tines make small shallow holes in the green that hold the bentgrass seed.
|Aerifying #5 Green with Job Saver tines|
|Holes made by Job Saver tines|
|Seeding with bentgrass|
|Topdressing with sand|
|Brushing in the sand|
After the sand is brushed into the holes we roll the green, irrigate and cover with a tarp. The tarp will act like a greenhouse to help heat up the soil. For bentgrass seed to germinate we need soil temperatures in the 60 degree range. With the right environmental conditions bentgrass usually germinates in 5 to 7 days. We still have a ways to go but these are the first steps in getting the greens to recover.
|Holes filled with sand and seed|
|Tarp covering green|