With several golf events taking place in September, we weren't able to re-grade and seed #3 tee until the beginning of October. While this was about one month later than what is considered the ideal time for seeding, the tee has filled in nicely, and should be in good shape next spring.
Interestingly, the one area that we will need to address over the winter is the perimeter of the tee, which we sodded after the tee was re-graded. So, what happened to some of the sod?
As most people know, the usual concern with sod is making sure it doesn't dry out. With cool temperatures the first week in October, and the pallet of sod stored in the shade, we really didn't need to worry about the sod drying prior to being installed. Apparently, however, the conditions were perfect for the sod to actually start to decompose as it was rolled up. When we picked it up from the pallet, there was no doubt that an exothermic reaction was taking place, as the sod was almost too hot to handle.
Fortunately, only a small amount of sod will need to be replaced. With some other winter projects requiring sod, we will be sure to get a little extra to clean up the edge of the tee and have it looking good for the 2015 golf season.