Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Nursery Construction

You can see it in the distance while hitting balls from the driving range tees, but probably don’t know what it is. We are in the process of expanding our turf nursery that supplies grass for the different areas on the course. Each area has specific requirements for things such as grass type, height of cut and soil medium it is grown on.

Greens and tees require a sod that is grown on a sand / peat growing medium that is the same in particle size as the rootzone used for original construction of the golf course. If the sand that the new sod is grown is not compatible with the existing rootzone mix, an interface issue will occur therefore not allowing the new sod to ever become fully rooted. This interface issue also occurs with sod that is used on the fairway and rough areas that is also not grown on a similar soil.

Over the years that I have brought in sod from an outside grower it never matches up or reacts the same as something that is grown and established onsite. It is for this reason that I prefer to use sod, which I have grown whenever possible.