Why Are The Fairways So Good This Year?

Eric von Hofen
Sometimes you have to go through hell to get to heaven. Same is true when preparing bermudagrass fairways for the winter golf season. Every summer we schedule a heavy verticutting on the fairways which removes five semi truck loads of thatch. This thatch accumulates all year long and if not removed it shuts down the drainage to almost zero. In a area of the country that receives almost 70 inches of rain a year this process is key to having good fairways. While the fairways are ripped up from the verticutting we take it a step further and run the spiker over them. This helps reduce compaction and gets oxygen to the root system. The next step is to circle mow the fairways, taking the rest of the grain out of them.  The height of cut is lowered to .375  for this part of the process.  We then double vacuum the fairways and get ready for the fertilizer/Ronstar application.  The following day we treat the fairways with TopChoice for mole crickets. The fairways take about a month to recover from all of this work.  This is a small price to pay to have perfection for seven months out of the year.  Please watch the video below showing how we verticut fairways.

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