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With the Masters right around the corner, players expect Augusta National conditions year round. That is not the case, not even for the best golf courses in the world, not even Augusta National! We all go through transitions and maintenance to improve the conditions of the course.

At Rivers Edge we can assure you our turf is healthy! However, when playing golf in the Carolinas during the early spring you could experience some minor inconsistencies in the turf. Matter of fact we go through several transitional periods during the year; early spring, early summer and early winter. All time periods when seasons change in the Carolinas.

It’s not the superintendent’s fault so cut them some slack. We are behind schedule in our 2018 spring transition, however this is all due to mother nature and our region being 10-15 deg below average in daily temperatures. Following is some helpful information so our customers understand what is going on..

You may wonder why green speeds are slightly inconsistent and why you see different colors of grass?

     DORMANT                                      TRANSITION                                  FULL BLOOM

                                                                                                                                                     

 

What temperature does Bermuda grass go dormant?

 

Bermudagrass stops growing when temperatures fall below 60 degrees Fahrenheit and will initiate dormancy when temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period.

 

Temperature Is Key

Dormancy is tied to the soil temperature. Bermuda grass stays green all year in areas where the temperature never dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Where the grass goes dormant, it stops growing in the fall as the temperature falls below 55 degrees Fahrenheit  and begins again when the soil temperature rises above that point in the spring. For much of the region where it grows, Bermuda grass experiences active growth from April through September.

When Does Bermuda Grass Come Out of Dormancy?

Green-up and recovery of bermudagrass begins when nighttime temperatures remain above 60 Fahrenheit  for several days in the spring and soil temperature reaches 65 Fahrenheit at the 4-inch depth. The grass makes rapid recovery in the spring by producing new shoots from the nodes of previously dormant stolons and rhizomes.

Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) is a warm-season grass, adapted for regions with hot summers and mild winters. Bermudagrass spreads rapidly by stolons (above ground stems) and rhizomes (below ground stems), which accounts for its superior recuperative potential.

If it is GREEN we planted it in the FALL season.

Our maintenance crew works diligently every day to provide you the most consistent conditions possible

We hope this help you understand and thank you for your support at Rivers Edge!

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