Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Weed Control

Mother Nature has finally given us an opportunity to spray for weeds so we went out yesterday en masse to get as much spraying done as possible.  We began our spring pre-emergent applications with our spray rig and finished all tees and fairways.  We also went out with our tank sprayer and hand sprayed all clubhouse lawns and bunker noses.  The pre-emergent herbicide we are applying will keep all weeds from emerging for about 6 months.  We are starting to see a lot of patches of grass emerging.  This grass is a weed and is called annual bluegrass, or Poa.  It is common and the herbicide we are applying will kill this plant even after it has already germinated.  
Today we are beginning to spray the rough with pre-emergent and continuing to spot-treat broadleaf weeds.  We plan on completing our pre-emergent application by March 1st so we can begin our greens maintenance programs.     

Monday, February 21, 2011

#7 Bunker Renovation

After a three week delay from a record-breaking snowstorm, the maintenance team is back to work on #7 green side bunker.  Today we worked on removing all of the old drainage pipe and gravel.  Once this was complete, we found that additional trenching would need to be done to increase the effectiveness of the drainage.  The crew will spend the next few days digging the new drainage trenches and adding new pipe and gravel.  Weather permitting, we should be adding new bunker sand by the end of the week.