Thursday, April 12, 2012

Landscape improvement behind #1 green

A few of the members have choose to donate funds to enhance the walk area from number One green to number two teeing area. Thank you to Keith Barcal, Kyle Woolfolk and Billy Stinson for their donations and their desire to improve this area behind number one green.  These plants are low maintenance and will provide three different color contrast through-out the year..
Walk path with low maintenance plant material added behind number one green.  This area had old azaleas that were worn out.  The ornamental bed has been filled with Liriope grass, Daylillies and Rhododendron.  We also added a few nice rocks for character

Jay is adding some mulch

William is placing some rocks in the bed for added character

Fill dirt and compost were added to the bedded area to provide better soil structure

This is the beds before.

First edge on greens

Edging Greens.  This is done to keep the bermuda grass from growing into the greens

The staff is pulling the bermudagrass runners.  This ounce of prevention will help save a lot of money in the long run and will allow for the greens to keep their original shape without being contaminated.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Nutec GPS Mapping and Fertility Program

The following pictures will illustrate the process we have subscribe to for better turf conditions along with a better fertility programs, saving money, less wasted fertilizer and better control of the nutrients being applied. The process started in the fall of 2011. A well balanced soil creates a better performing turf.  The following nutrients were applied to the foundry golf course, k-mag (potassium and magnesium), 0-46-0 (phosphorus),0-0-32 (potassium),sulfur, managanese and Dolomtic lime.  Copper will be sprayed later in the year. 
Soil Sample Bags with soil collected from the area around the bag.  These samples will stay here until Marcus picks them up and codes it with a GPS number.  This will be used to know the nutrient deficiencies in this area.  Samples are collected in a 30 foot diameter around the bag. 

Marcus Thigpin (nutec owner) is GPS mapping all the boundaries of the course.  Boundaries will include, greens,fairways,tees and fescue perimeter lines.  Once this is completed the samples can be collected and coded with the GPS number for precise location for later use.  Once the samples come back from the lab Marcus will download the nutrient information into his software program for analysis.  From the soil lab report he will determine the exact nutrients and amounts to be applied for each sampled area.

Over 800 samples were collected and analyzed

More mapping

One of the smaller spreading units applies 0-46-0  (phosphorus) to the 18 fairway.  Only one side is being used for this area on 18 fairway.  The program shows that no phosphorus was needed on the opposite side of the spreader

This pictures shows how close they are able to get to the greens location without the worry of throwing on the greens.  This shield is flexible and prevents the fertilizer from being applied to unwanted/sensitive areas.  The greens were aerated and top dressed the day we did this so the material on the greens is sand topdressing

The larger unit was used to spread the lime in the fairways and rough areas.

President Bill Stinson came out to take a first hand look at the operation.  He was truly impressed with the precision of the application

Marcus is showing General Manager Ralph Reahard the software that has been downloaded to each spreader.  The software controls all the functions of the nutrients being applied.  The software allows for variable fertilizer rates to be applied at the given coordinated from the GPS numbers collected

2012 Spring Aeration

Brushing sand into aeration holes

Blowing sand into holes and removing plugs from the greens

More Blowing

Hole Size .5 inch/Spacing 2 inches

Hole Size and Spacing

Greens Fertility

We are adding some needed nutrients to the greens.  During aeration is a good time to apply nutrients to the greens so they can be blown into the open aeration holes and have a better chance of reaching the roots and  enhance the soil, which will provide better root development. 
Francisco is adding Hi Cal lime to the greens.  Calcium is a building block for the other nutrients to hold on to. 

Jay is adding a 9-18-18 fertilizer to increase the Phosphorus and Potassium levels in the greens.  Since the greens consist 85% sand we apply small amounts of nutrient through out the year.  This allows for more plant uptake and less leaching and runoff of the nutrients

Bunkers Edging/Bermuda grass removal