Hot Tips for This Summer

By Pat Gross and Brian Whitlark, agronomists, Southwest Region
July 29, 2011

(L) A significant amount of water can be saved by eliminating irrigation in out-of-play areas of the rough, such as around tees. (R) To encourage bermudagrass recovery, follow a protocol of aggressive core aeration in several directions, water generously, deep tine, and sand topdress at a rate of 10-50 tons of sand per acre. 




Some golf courses in the Southwest must comply with a mandatory 20% reduction in water use or face severe penalties.


Eliminate irrigation in out-of-play sections of the rough or completely remove turf in out-of-play areas and re-landscape with more drought tolerant plants. 


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Poor transition in fairways from perennial ryegrass to bermudagrass in early summer.


To encourage bermudagrass recovery, follow a protocol of aggressive core aeration in several directions, water generously, deep tine, and sand topdress at a rate of 10-50 tons of sand per acre.


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