Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fan use for bentgrass health

We purchased this fan used, from Sedge field Country Club this spring.  They have decided to change their greens to Bermuda grass.  With Bermuda grass fan use is not needed.  Growing bent grass in the mid-Atlantic can be very delicate.  The use of fans is sometimes the difference between a green living or dying.  I have never seen a green get worse with a fan!  Most clubs buy fans for their worst greens then the follow year that same green is one of their best greens.  The fans allow the superintendent to water as needed during humid and hot days while the fan creates a breeze to help dry the leaf blades off.  If the leaves of the plant stay wet during 90+ degree temperatures the plant will boil and die.  We are the same way!  I don't really like sitting outside at 90+ degree heat with out wind movement either.  Since we can not control mother nature the fan allows for a consistent breeze at a low MPH.

Portable fan stationed at the back right of 10 green.  This green site would be a great site for a permanent greens fan.
This green site sits in a cove of trees.  This fan will surely help for now to keep the air moving

The fan is operated by a small generator.  It will last about 15 hours before refueling

Chemical Reduction

Martin is hand pulling goosegrass from the bentgrass collar. We have made a commitment here at the Foundry to reduce chemical use and protect the environment when possible.  Thus is one way we are able to adhere to those standards. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Irrigation Lake

Irrigation lake.  It is alittle low but not a big concern. we will use less water now since the bermuda grass
transition is complete. This is about normal for this time of the year

Edging Greens and Topdressing Approaches

Edging Greens. We try to do this atleast once in 30 days

Pulling Bermuda grass from the bentgrass greens

Topdressig approches and brushing in the sand.  This will help to firm up the approaches and create a tighter

16 creek clean up

16 creek has proceeded to get smaller with sediment with in the last year

Claudio is doing a great job of removing the sediment. It allows the creek to have better water flow and show cases the
large rock outcropping

After removing the sediment the creek has gained about a foot on each side

Monday, July 9, 2012

July Activity

We have been very busy this month and the golf course is doing well!  The first part of the month we hosted the 2012 Richmond City Amateur Tournament.  The golf course played well and received rave reviews.  During the second week of July we were hit with the Storm that blew through the Mid Atlantic  This storm caused damage through-out the state along with mass power outages.  We were lucky, we lost three trees.  We did lose power to our irrigation pump station for two days.  We did get lucky since the days the pump station was out it rained a .25 of an inch each morning.  We were prepared with 1000 gals of portable water that we used trash pumps with hoses connected to them to water a few hot spots on those days.

Over the last week we have received extreme heat of 105 degrees with the heat index even higher.  Over four days of 100 plus heat is pretty tough.  The golf course has handled it very well, Greens are doing well thanks to the turf care staff for keeping them cool during this hot time frame.  Just another reminder as we go through July and August that the main focus for bent grass management is survive!  I am not concerned what the green speeds are or how firm they can be. We want to get to September with the least amount of damage as possible. Firm and Faster greens will return once September arrives.  We will continue on a 14 day disease prevention program through out the summer months to help wort of any disease activity.  We still may see some summer decline during the late July and August time frame.  The greens are full and healthy which will make them much stronger during the summer weather.  Here are some picture of us venting greens today.  This is another cultural practice that is used to help produce new roots and aid with bent grass management during the summer months
Venting the greens using 9mm size tines with 2.5 inch spacing

Venting Greens

Showing the putting surface just after the machine finished.  Spacing 2.5 inches

Rolling directly behind the roller

Putting surface when finished rolling.  The holes are hardly noticed.  Even though they are small the holes produce big benefits for the roots.  We do this every two weeks during the summer