Thursday, July 17, 2008

We Have Germination!

In an earlier post I mentioned that we were expanding our Bentgrass fairway nursery that is located at the far eastern end of the driving range. After several weeks of prep work that went into getting it ready for seed we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor.

The nursery area was seeded last Friday with Seaside II Bentgrass, which is the same variety that is found on the fairways. We achieved germination of the seed in only five days, which is pretty good for Bentgrass under the environmental conditions we have been experiencing.

Over the next several weeks we will begin to aggressively fertilize the seedlings once we are physically able to walk onto the area. At that time any areas that have not had good germination will be reseeded and encouraged to catch up with the rest of the new babies. Once the seedlings are tall enough, we will begin regular mowing and topdressing to help with a rapid establishment. Even though we are off to a fast start, actual sod will not be able to be cut until next spring.