Seed For Thought

By R.A. (Bob) Brame, director North-Central Region
February 1, 2013

Rough quality was compromised throughout the region in 2012 due to hot and dry weather. Dormant seeding is a viable option for restoring good density.

The hot and dry 2012 season resulted in thinning and scarring of roughs at numerous courses in the North-Central region. We’ve now experienced three difficult years in a row and rough quality has suffered on most courses – particularly the primary rough. The dry weather pattern last fall limited the recovery that normally occurs that time of the year which means that more work is needed this year. While late summer into early fall is the best time for seeding cool-season grasses, dormant seeding is an option worth considering. Take a look at the following article from the University of Nebraska - Improving success of dormant seeding.                 

Are you experiencing tree problems at your course? While much has been written about the importance of selective removal, there are times when desired trees need special attention. Checkout the Purdue Tree Doctor app - tree app

Invoices for subscribing to our Turf Advisory Service will be delivered over the next few weeks. If your course doesn’t receive an invoice mailing please call or email. The cost for a Turf Advisory Service visit in 2013 is $2,400 for a half-day and $3,400 for a full-day (no change from 2012). Payments received before May 15 affords a $500 discount – rates of $1,900 and $2,900 respectively. Regardless of payment timing, visits can be scheduled at anytime. As always, value satisfaction is guaranteed. 

We look forward to partnering with your maintenance operation and working to achieve the best possible product. Call or email anytime.             

Source:  Bob Brame, bobbrame@usga.org or 859.356.3272

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