The Masters Golf Tournament is always a sign that spring has arrived. The lush turf, vibrant azaleas and swaying pines make Augusta National a picturesque location for the likes of Arnie, Jack, Tiger, Bubba and Phil.
Augusta National Golf Club has the luxury of abundant resources, the latest technology and an unparalleled labor force to create ideal playing conditions. Having been a part of two US Open Championships and two PGA Tour events, I know first hand what it takes to create the ideal course for a Major Tournament.
So, how can you make your lawn look like the Masters fairways? Labor and resources are a big part of Augusta National's equation, but there are a few things you can do to make your lawn Masters-worthy:
- Soil sampling. Your soil sample results will identify the current nutrients in your soil and what needs to be applied.
- Consistently mow your turf. A weekly or biweekly mow, depending on the season, is great for the turf.
- Mow in different directions. Don't make your turf lazy, challenge it by making it grow in different directions.
- Aerify and overseed in the fall. If you have a fescue yard, add seed and fertilizer to weak areas. If you have warm season turf, a June aeration program will encourage new growth and oxygen exchange.
We hope these tips will get you closer to your Augusta-like lawn. Now, kick back and enjoy Masters weekend.
- Matt Boyce, Greensward Visionary