Putt Sooner - Putt Smoother

The Bayou Bend Greens Planting System results in superior putting surfaces that are grown in more quickly than conventional greens planting methods. Sprigs are spread faster, more uniformly, and are cut in and rolled immediately before heat and drying winds can reduce the vigor that freshness insures; then the process is repeated at a different angle followed by double planting inside the perimeter.

Our unique planting machines ride on five low pressure, high flotation tires. All five wheels drive the machine hydrostatically. The machine is driven onto the greens' surfaces from plywood and does not exit the putting surfaces until planting is completed.

A key element of our system involves the packing and transporting of sprigs inside containers that restrict airflow; thereby eliminating heat buildup and affording fresher, more vigorous plant material.

Thomas (Tom) Carpenter
Bayou Bend Turfgrass

What is a "Bushel" of Grass Sprigs?

What is a "Bushel" of Grass Sprigs?

The definition of a "bushel" of grass sprigs has been discussed and argued (sometimes heatedly) ever since most of us can remember.
Some of the definitions offered over the years include:

1. "Industry Bushel" = sprigs gathered from a one square yard area of turf
2. U.S. Bushel = 1.244456 cubic feet
3. "Georgia Bushel"= 0.32 cubic feet
4. "Texas Bushel" = 1 "Big Bushel?" = Who knows?

Certainly grass producers and customers of grass products need a common point of reference to determine planting rates and pricing, but a "bushel" "ain't" it. Even if a universal definition is accepted there are so many variables involved in a given volume of sprig material that continued confusion is inevitable.

Questions that arise include:

1. The ratio of vigorous, genetically pure, weed free plant material to clippings, old senescent accumulations,
soil and other extraneous matter.

2. The compaction factor. (I hear you: "It's compressed" - but, how compact is it?)

3. Are we talking about a preponderance of individual sprigs or clumps and chunks?

4. Does the material consist of hay (grass with an abundance of long leaves and long internodes) or of a product that has been maintained in a manner to maximize the number of nodes per unit volume?

The ideal plant material is healthy, vigorous, weed free, and genetically pure with a proportionately high percentage of nodes on relatively short individual sprigs that can be uniformly spread thickly enough so that these growth points (nodes) are put in contact with soil or a greens mix to insure a quick, smooth grow-in.

SO! The point is that when specifying "bushels" per 1,000 square feet or "bushels" per acre superintendents, architects, and construction contractors will be well served to do some real homework by checking with their peers and colleagues about their experiences with various suppliers and installers of grass sprigs.

Criticism, corrections, and comments are welcome.