Its been 5 weeks since the Universe® KORO Field Topmaker rotor made its debut “cleaning out” bermudagrass in Dallas, TX. The weather could not have been more challenging for re-growth w/ the continued cold and prolonged bermuda dormancy period in the south.
But that challenging weather makes the results of the re-growth even more amazing. The hypothesis is that bermuda that is “cleaned out” during active growth will be green within 4-7 days. The field will then become playable again within 14 days. But even for low maintenance fields, they technically are “playable” on Day 1….. Yes, there is little to no green, but the stolons and rhizomes remaining create a stable surface. Here is the progress:
It is to be re-stated that when this process took place on March 24th, the 419 bermudagrass was still dormant. AND since, Dallas has experienced one of its coldest springs ever. The re-growth process has been slowed by frost several times … Yet still at 5 weeks w/ nearly dormant bermuda, the fields are to the point they are. The hypothesis of less than 14 days on active bermuda seems pretty safe at this point don’t you think?!? Welcome to the New World!!