After two cold weeks, we now have germination on our new putting green located near the cottages. Once the finish grading was complete on the green surface, the surface was divided into six different quadrants of bentgrass. This will serve as an excellent opportunity for us to monitor the advances of these new varieties in comparison with the existing L-93 on the golf course. This comparison will allow us to evaluate which varieties may be more heat tolerant, disease tolerant and drought tolerant for future projects. The six different blends were as follows: Tyee, T1/Alpha, Tyee/Mckenzie, T1, 007 and V-8.
Once seeding was completed, the seed was raked-in and tracked with a sand-pro to ensure good seed to soil contact. The knobby tires on this machine also produce dimples and pockets to help with water holding in the early stages of establishment.
Two weeks later, we now have a green glaze across the putting surface.