Speed Up the Recovery of Divots with These Tips
A record amount of golf rounds = A record amount of divots
Which in turn left golf course tees decimated unlike any year prior. Many courses are now coming into spring with very thin turf on some of their tees, which is a look nobody wants. Remember divots need to be treated just like you would in a large newly seeded area. Constant moisture and well-placed/timed feedings will make all the difference in your success.
If this sounds like your course, here are a few things you could try to implement to help speed up the recovery of your existing divots as well as the divots that will soon be flying through the air.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SEED:
Of course, choose the correct cultivar. But I mean choose the seed that will give your new seedlings the best chance to flourish once they germinate. That scenario comes with our XCD COATING. This XCD Coating is packed with beneficial bacteria, nutrients, wetting agents, Mefenoxam, and Armament. Although you will still need to nurture the seedlings, this GREATLY increases the germination and success rate. This coating is a bright GREEN color, which helps you know how much seed you have in your divot mixture. This feature alone can help you be more successful. Having the correct amount of seed is crucial.
ADDITIONS TO SAND DIVOT MIX:
Why do my divots never seem to heal during July and August? Germination can happen relatively quickly, but if water is not available, the seedling will quickly die. Plain sand dries out quickly and does not do a very good job at holding nutrients. Two things essential to quick divot recovery. Adding items such as Healthy Grow or Nature Safe organic fertilizers to your divot mix, adds a nutrient source for the seedlings, it also can extend the amount of time the soil profile retains moisture after watering. If you are unable to water sporadically throughout the day to grow in your seed, another tactic is to add items like Vivax granular wetting agent to your divot mix. This product will last for 30 days and could be a huge boost to your germination success.
I say “strategic” feeding because you don’t always have to fertilize your entire tee surface. Especially if you have certain areas that required a lot of divot mix. In order to quickly mature and establish itself enough to handle the vigor of basic maintenance, your new seedling will need to be treated as a “grow in” scenario. Every couple of weeks, lightly fertilize your hardest-hit areas. This will give a constant feed which your new turf will greatly appreciate.
Sometimes putting out granular fertilizers with heavy play might be too much of a hassle. In between your typical granular applications, it might be easier to hop on your sprayer and make applications of Foliar-Pak Grow-In. Grow-In is a flowable product from Foliar-Pak that is crammed full of everything your turf needs to recover and grow. Regular applications will greatly help the health and vigor of your turf.
STILL NO SUCCESS?
Even if you are closely monitoring soil moisture and fertility, you can have less than satisfactory results. Examine the seed in the struggling divots. You might find, what was once full of seed, no longer has any to be found. Heavy rains, birds, foot traffic, mower rollers, and even wind can easily carry away your precious seed. And we all know the germination rate of “NO seed.” This is easy enough to fix though, reapply with colored XCD coated seed to those areas and continue your revamped program.
EDUCATE YOUR CLIENTELE:
Communication is key. Here is an idea to help “involve” your golfers and to potentially get them to fill or replace divots a little more frequently. On your first tee or in a highly visible area, section off a small part of your tee. In this area ask the worst golfer you can find to rip 16 divots. Section the divots into 4 sections and mark them with turf marking paint from Advanced Turf Solutions.
Perform this procedure to the divots:
First 4 divots: Do not repair or replace. Next 4 divots: Replace divots. Next 4 divots: Repair using sand only with no seed. Next 4 divots: Repair with sand plus seed. Post a sign next to this section to explain what you are doing and the results you are looking for. When I did this, I frequently found the golfers checking out the plots to see which scenario was healing the quickest. The best part of this was, during this experiment, the now informed golfers drastically increased the number of divots they filled and replaced throughout the rest of the golf course.