WHAT IS OVER-SEEDING?
OVER SEEDING is a process that ensures the beauty of the golf courses and neighborhoods in the Palm Springs area during the winter months when the temperatures are cool at night.
The over seeding season is typically around mid-September and continues to around the end of October, noting some landscapers start transitioning from summertime Bermuda grass to cool weather grass such as rye grass and bluegrass, earlier in the season.
Because the summer Bermuda grass is sensitive to cool temperatures, it can go dormant in the winter months and turn brown. With the emphasis on gorgeous green golf courses here in the desert, most courses insure that they will be perfect for visitors and residents by overseeding the golf courses with the winter grasses.
The process begins by shutting off the water for a few days... in no time the bermuda turns brown and looks dead. The underground sprigs are still alive, and will come back next spring when the temperatures warm up again. Scalping mowers clear away the straw like grass and it is gathered into compost piles.
Once all the dead grasses are raked and removed, the landscapers return with thousands of pounds of rye grass seed and blanket the courses with it. The water is turned back on and in a few days the little sprouts of rye grass begin germinating and turn the courses a bright green.
The whole process takes several weeks and most of the courses close for the month of October. Some clubs with multiple nines will stagger the closures so they always have a course availble for members.