If You Read One Article about Golf Grass, Read This One

Hank Kerfoot - Thursday, August 01, 2013

There may be no more complex and beautiful sight than healthy golf grass.

If You Read One Article about Golf Grass, Read This One

It’s a vision of beauty, golf grass, but it’s also complex and steeped in science and tradition. Did you know that most courses have a different type of golf grass for each section of the course? The reason behind having so many different types of grass is to take full advantage of each grass type’s best feature. 

Some are short blade grasses, which means they can be mowed really short. That is a primary concern because if you mow grass with a longer blade short, you ruin the plants’ ability to produce photosynthesis, and photosynthesis is what makes grass that beautiful green color.

Some grass is made for heavy traffic so it can stand up to the crowds of golfers and not show damage. Some grass grows quickly, which is a benefit when you have to repair things like divots or damage caused by the game of golf.

Some grass grows best in cooler weather, so to keep it thick in summer, it must be overseeded. The opposite is true of grass that likes the heat – they must be overseeded in cooler times of the year. Overseeding is a little trick that golf course managers use to keep their greens looking plush all year long.

Sprinkler control is also very important. When you water, how often you water and even how much overlap occurs between sprinkler zones is critical to growing the best golf grass possible.

If you’re responsible for your course’s golf grass and need help, call (803) 691-9890.