The hot, humid and above average rainfall over the past few weeks in the Ohio Valley are beginning to challenge annual bluegrass in some areas of the rough at Hyde Park. Much of the the thinning of these areas is due to a plant pathogen called summer patch. Expensive preventative applications in the early spring are required to reduce this fungus, which has never been employed due to the large areas. Annual bluegrass (Poa) is not the desired turfgrass in any areas of the property, unforunately it thrives well in shaded, poorly drained areas. Over the past few years with the moderate summers, Poa has been able to out compete fescue with its prolific seed production that is viable for many years. Without a strategic approach of; shade reduction, herbicides, innerseeding programs Poa will continue to be a challenge.
Thinning of annual bluegrass in the rough, healthy fescue around it
Fescue blend is thriving well
Over the next couple weeks the staff will be seeding and aerifying these thinning areas with Turf Type Tall Fescue
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