Saturday, June 29, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Deer Is Taking Up Residence In Our Wooded Lot

In recent weeks, a number of my staff have reported seeing a deer on the golf course on more than one occasion.  Yesterday, Jessie Zeiter, a member of our grounds crew, managed to capture a photo of the beautiful doe.  The number of sightings in recent weeks, gives me a strong reason to believe she is now calling our wooded lot "home". 

In the 13 years I have been here at CCD, I have never seen a deer on the property.  It's exciting to see and further reason to protect our wooded should be treated as a treasured piece of the CCD property.  We look forward to seeing this gift of Mother Nature from time to time and hope all of you are so fortunate as well. 

If you are a regular dog walker, please be aware of this situation as your beloved pet many chase after the deer if they come in contact with one another in the woods.  I would strongly suggest putting your pet on a leash to avoid any potential problems.  I have no intention of doing anything to remove this deer from the property.  I just hope she is kind enough to stay off the greens!!!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Yellow Spots on Collars???

By now most of you have probably seen the yellow "patches" in the collars around our putting greens.  Many of you may think this is a disease or unintended.  In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. 

Pictured above is the Putting Green collar illustrating the "yellow patches".  Poa annua has been injured but the surrounding bentgrass remains unaffected.  Why so?

The yellowing turf is the result of a very effective application of a selective herbicide known commercially as Velocity.  Velocity is a very good at injuring and/or killing Poa annua turfgrass.  The yellow spots are the result of a spot spray using a standard 2 gallon pump up sprayer available at any local hardware store.  This application method allowed us to deliver an aggressive rate of product specifically to the Poa annua without any risk of injuring the surrounding bentgrass.  The results of the application have been impressive to say the least.  While visually the turf has been compromised, the playability thus far has not.

The timing of this application was intentional.  As we head into the warmer portions of spring and summer, the bentgrass plants will thrive in the summer heat and humidity while the Poa annua will struggle.  The goal of this application was to cripple the Poa annua now and allow for the bentgrass to aggressively fill in these areas as the Poa dies back.  In the event, the damage becomes too severe, we are already prepared with over 2000sqft of sod to plug and or replace any area that becomes a nuisance. 

#9 collar:  The bent is thriving and the Poa annua...Not so much!!!
This and further applications will go a long way in preventing the encroachment of Poa annua into our wonderful new greens!!!