Sometimes it's nice to be wrong, because bermuda growing in February is a beautiful sight to behold. This portion of fairway in the photo was little more than mud just one month ago. Two weeks later there were green tips of grass peeking out to enjoy the unseasonably warm temperatures. After many days above 60 degrees and nights well above freezing, the bermudagrass is actually growing.
The bright green clump of grass is poa annua which will be sprayed out when a few pages turn off the calendar. By then, the bermuda will be much stronger and dealing with weather it can handle without going back to sleep. I would expect to keep the green tinge the bermuda currently exhibits without returning to the dormant brown of the past three months. So, we're off and running........ or maybe walking........... slowly, towards the goal of a solid bermuda fairway.
The fairways have improved year after year with sand topdressing and aerfication. The difference each year is small, but the cumulative effect is growing. This year we will aerify the fairways with solid tines as soon as they are dry enough to handle the equipment. In June we will pull cores and in September we will pull cores again and topdress.
In the future, I hope to start topdressing twice as much on fairways to work some sand and pore space into the soil profile. The difference each year would be small, but the cumulative effect............. Are you seeing a trend here?
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