We developed this blog to provide golf course maintenance information to our members. From projects, small and large, to updates on course conditions, we want to provide as much information as possible. Although we hope this blog answers all of the pertinent questions regarding our operation, we always welcome more personalized dialogue. If you have questions beyond the information found on this blog, feel free to contact our golf course superintendent, Trevor Hedgepeth.



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bermudagrass Progress

We continue to see great relults in all of the bermudagrass areas on the golf course. The herbicide sprays are weakening the bermudagrass and stunting rooting and stolon growth. We will continue to spray these areas through the first hard frost. Our hope is to send the bermudagrass into winter as weak as possible and with very few stored carbohydrates.
As you can see in this picture, the tall fescue that we have seeded into the bermudagrass right of ten green is germinating nicely. Holes ten, eleven and thirteen have the greatest concentration of bermudagrass in the rough, and the thirteenth hole was the last area we seeded. You will see drastic differences in these areas over the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Walk Path and Int. Cut Renovation

We wanted to give everyone some insight into how we went about renovating the walk paths and Intermediate Cuts around the golf course. As we talked about in an earlier post, we have sprayed all of these areas with Tenacity to eliminate bentgrass. We also sprayed any common bermudagrass in these areas with a new product that we have been testing through the summer months.
The process then started with our disc seeder making two passes through the walkpaths and intermediates dropping seed along the way.
We can't get as tight to the fairway line as we like with this piece of equipment, so we follow up with aerifiers. these aerifiers are poking holes on very tight centers approximately half an inch deep.
Drop seeders are then used on all walk paths and intermediates to ensure perfect coverage.
Starter fertilizer is then applied and all areas are watered-in. We will continue to keep these areas moist and in the next seven days we will see great germination. We will touch up any areas that need additional seed at the end of next week, and then we will begin to mow the new seedlings.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bentgrass Eradication Update

As of today, we have sprayed two applications of Tenacity herbicide on our ryegrass intermediate cut to eliminate bentgrass contamination. Monday morning we will begin seeding all of the intermediate cut to perennial ryegrass. The ryegrass will germinate within a week and in a couple of weeks we will begin mowing it and grooming the intermediates back to our desired heights. Once we have mowed the intermediate cut a few times we will spray it again to clean up the remaining bentgrass. Temperatures look great next week for this project!