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Well-maintained golf course grass looks amazing.
Special equipment and techniques are used to make these lawns look stunning, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have an incredible looking lawn too.
To accomplish a golf course-quality lawn you need to dig in and understand the fundamentals of lawn care.
So let’s take a look at the basics.
Topdress Your Lawn
If you want your lawn to look like a golf course, you will need to add a thin of material over the grass to smooth out any uneven surface. You can choose between pure playground sand, primary organic matter, or ¼ to ½ inch of compost.
To enrich the soil with nutrients opt for a 50-50 mix of organic material and river sand.
Manual topdressing is a labor-intensive activity, so some help from your family and friends would be welcome. Some lawn-care companies offer a topdressing service at about $5 per square foot.
Use the Right Type of Mower
To acquire and maintain a golf course quality lawn, ditch the traditional rotary lawn mower and opt for a cylinder mower. With a reel mower, the grass isn’t damaged too much during the mowing process. Furthermore, you’ll achieve the desired mowing height (0.5” – 1.25”).
If you get a commercial Tru-Cut 25” you can keep your lawn nice with a better cut, even at lower heights.
Bear in mind that front rollers can help you create those beautiful stripes on your lawn.
Choose the Best Fertilizers
A slow-release, non-burning, organic fertilizer like Milorganite feeds your lawn for up to 10 weeks. It contains a bit of iron that helps achieve a deep vibrant green lawn.
For optimal results, use a blend of synthetic and organic fertilizers.
ProScape 25-0-5 with 1% iron and 51% MESA is the synthetic, medium-release fertilizer that provides disease resistance and quick green-up while not causing excessive growth.
Make sure to fertilize in spring (early March and mid-April) and also in summer (late June, July, and mid-August).
How Often Should You Mow Your Lawn?
Mowing your lawn depends upon a number of factors like the time of the year, the type of lawn and its health. The growth rate of the grass should also be considered.
During the summer months, you will need to mow at least 3 times per week. Cutting your lawn too short can be damaging. To encourage a green and healthy lawn, the general advice is to follow the “one-third rule”. Make sure to never cut more than one-third of the leaf blade.
For putting greens heights ensure to mow daily to maintain green turf below 1 inch. Fairways need to be cut every other day.
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Keep the Pests Away!
To keep grub worms, fire ants and other pests away you can use a combination of insecticides and fungicides, or opt for 2 separate products.
Syngenta Caravan G is a multi-purpose, broad-spectrum product, guaranteed to eliminate fungus and control insect pests. A combination product like this one can save you time and money.
You can also use a combination of 2 products, an insecticide like fast-acting Advion Fire Ant Bait and an organic long-lasting Milky Spore for effective results.
Weed Control & Plant Growth Regulators
If your lawn is prone to weeds, a pre-emergent will help you prevent undesired weeds before they emerge. To get the best results and keep your lawn beautiful all year round, apply an herbicide like Spectracide in springtime (mid-March is advised) and make sure to re-apply in late June.
Using a plant growth regulator can reduce the mowing frequency since it inhibits grass from growing quickly vertically.
There is one more benefit to using a PGR – you will get a darker green lawn due to less frequent cutting of the leaves.
Generally speaking, most lawns need the equivalent of 1inch of rainfall each week for a healthy and appealing appearance. If there is no rain you will need to provide supplemental irrigation.
To give your lawn the right amount of water, make sure to water deeply every 3 to 7 days once summer comes. The best time to water your lawn is early in the morning, before 10 AM. Late afternoon is the next best time.
Types of lawn grass vary in drought resistance. Princess 77 Bermuda grass has low watering requirements. Arden 15 Hybrid Bermuda grass is also good quality turfgrass with water tolerance and rapid growth as well.
Good soil, timely care and the right type of grass are sure ways to get a golf course quality lawn. Arm yourself with patience since it will probably take a couple of seasons for your lawn to mature and fill in completely.