When your business revolves around turfgrass, it’s doubly important to keep the landscape healthy. While many golfers hang up their clubs during the colder months, some adventurous players are taking advantage of the (mostly) moderate winter to practice their swing. Keep your golf course healthy this winter with these cold weather turfgrass maintenance tips from NG Turf.
Golf course managers often receive backlash over frost delays and other winter-related interruptions to play. Some bend to the pressure, allowing golfers to tee off from frozen tee boxes. Winter weather makes sod more susceptible to damage. Frost covers normally pliant turfgrass blades in a layer of brittle ice, making them easy to snap. Even a single golfer walking across the green is enough to cause dry, browning patches in most sods. To minimize damage, choose a durable sod variety, post signs warning players to stay on golf cart paths, and delay winter tee times until after the frost has melted.
A Healthy Winter Golf Course
Maintain the playability of a golf course during the winter with these turf care tips.
- Fairways in shaded areas are more susceptible to winter damage. Avoid using carts on these surfaces.
- Clean up organic debris immediately. Downed tree limbs, dead leaves, and other organic matter encourage bacteria and disease.
- Minimize traffic in areas that will need resodding come spring.
- Adjust the watering schedule and mower height based on winter temperatures.
- Assess the failures of your winter turf. Determine whether resodding tees, greens, and fairways would benefit your golf course during the growing season as well as the dormant season.
Are you unhappy with your golf course turf? Call NG Turf for expert information on which sods thrive on Georgia golf courses year-round.