A look at #16 green after we verticut it and seeded it. Brandon is topdressing it and then it was dragged. All this took place on April 30th, one week ago.
After the seeding process was completed we covered the green with a "Evergreen" cover. The timing was right on as the weather turned cold and miserable for the rest of the week.
Here is the verticutting process being done on #7 green. We cut in two different directions to create good channels for the bentgrass seed to be broadcast into.
When the turf comes out of winter in tough shape it is overwhelming how much there is to do while the sun is shining. As soon as we realized #7 & 16 green were not going to "come around" we went into action and got them seeded and covered. The covers allowed us to get a head start on germination during the miserable days that followed seeding. The good turf rebounded quickly and is aggressively growing, and after one week it appears we have some germination starting to take place. Our normal practice for the next couple of weeks will be to cover the greens for the night and uncover them during the day. On days with little sun and 50 degree temps it is likely the covers will stay on throughout the day.
There are quite a few fairway areas that lost turf, our plan is to slit seed, topdress, drag, and fertilize all those areas. To help with recovery we will be directing traffic away from those areas, so please follow all signage and ropes. With good weather the course should be back in shape soon.
There are a couple of collars that have significant damage and over the next week we will be regrassing the worst ones with sod from the turf nursery. We will also be aerifying, seeding, topdressing, and dragging all collars to help with recovery.
All in all we have a lot of work to do over the next two weeks to get the golf course back in prime shape for the summer. And that's just the recovery efforts, the laundry list of items that need to be done during the spring is long to say the least.