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Why is the grass Brown?


10/19/2018


Why is the grass brown and cut so close? 


You may have noticed several areas throughout the Cays where the grass is brown and cut very close due to the professional agronomic practice of de-thatching and “scalping” the existing turf grass (by cutting very close to the topsoil) and then over seeding the areas with winter rye grass. These special projects were approved by the various Village Directors following recommendations by management and our Landscape Maintenance Contractor, Park West. 

This has not been done in nearly 10 years in some areas and the grass was becoming very thick, matted and choked with thatch, which was reducing the health and vibrant green growth once seen. This will result in much better turf health in the spring and following summer season as well providing a full, green stand of winter rye grass in about 4 to 6 weeks as the rye grass "over seed" germinates. Golf courses and parks throughout California practice this process and it is actually a “best practice and shows good attention to detail by our Landscape Contractor and not the lack thereof. 

We apologize for the temporary look; however, you will hopefully be pleased with the final result in late November, especially if we get some rainfall to help the germination process along.