After a productive summer of performing the necessary cultural practices (aerification, vertical mowing, top dressing, etc.) the turfgrass needed nutrition. This month two "wall to wall" fertilizer applications have been applied to the golf course to improve health and the plants ability to recuperate from the increased winter traffic.
In addition, the staff installed a truck load (7,000 sq. ft.) of Celebration bermudagrass along the perimeter of some golf holes. The areas that were converted to Celebration bermudagrass were high traffic, shady areas. Celebration is a deep blue-green bermudagrass that has performed extremely well in university research studies. While certainly not a miracle grass, Celebration is touted for its wear tolerance and recovery, drought resistance, and shade tolerance.
|# 17 (near the green) after the existing, weak turfgrass was removed|
|Celebration bermudagrass being watered after installation|
Finally, all of the larger, maintained "native" areas have received an application of pinestraw. Prior to the application, the cabbage palm and oak trees in these areas were trimmed.