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This week we will look into the practice of sprigging; what it means and why it's done!
Sprigging - What and why?
Bermudagrass is a warm season grass, meaning its growing season is in the warmer weather. Sometimes the bermudagrass will thin out in high traffic areas of the field such as in front of the goal mouth. The constant traffic can make it nearly impossible to have consistent growth in the bare spot. One practice that can be done to combat the thinning of the field is to replant sprigs, also known as sprigging. A sprig is the bermudagrass plant without the stems (stolons) and the ideal sprig has numerous nodes or growing points. The multiple nodes allow more places for roots and shoots to develop. In addition, sprigs are meant to be soil free to eliminate any issues with soil layering. Because of the aggressive growth rate of bermudagrass, sprigging is a quick and effective way to troubleshoot a Bermuda field that may be lagging in areas.