Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tee Weed Control

We sprayed about 1 acres worth of Zoysia tees with a material that has turned them off color as illustrated in the pictures below. I've also attached a blog post from 2014 where we spot sprayed tees and you can see the off-color tinge in the back of the blue tee on #1. Since 2014, the weed that we are trying to control 'Kylinga' has spread to many of our tees. We are using a combination product which assists us with crabgrass control and will give us control on the Kylinga. We will have to spray the product again in 30 days or so to get any additional or new plants as they emerge. Other courses have had excellent success with this product. The yellowing will dissipate in about 7-10 days.

Blue tee on 1

Red Tee on 10


Below is the link to the blog in 2014 which illustrates the off color spot spray that we did.

http://geccgcm.blogspot.com/2014/05/weed-control.html

Thursday, May 11, 2017

GECC Plant Sale May 13th

The annual Glen Echo CC Plant Sale will be Saturday May 13th from 9 to 11 at the maintenance building. Plants can be charged in the usual manner. Might not have every Plant Becky has grown from babies but she will have a nice supply for you to chose from!
 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Well Since Everyone Is Talking Weather, Stats for Feb/March/April

I've been so busy inside the building, I don't even recall seeing the stats below 
for February on the news. Mind blowing.. Wettest in April is not what we want to hear 
but also this trend on warmth is not good. Wet and hot can be deadly for old greens
with natural drainage only. I know some wondered about a 2nd aeration. Rainfall
and heat are the reasons why we pound our greens with aeration equipment and sand 
in the spring! 
 
February 
 
Temperature 
                 Observed            Avg     Diff    Last Yr
AVG. MAXIMUM     59.0              45.0    14.0     49.1
AVG. MINIMUM     36.4              27.6     8.8     31.2
MEAN             47.7              36.3    11.4     40.2
 
Rainfall         0.49              2.24   -1.75     0.80
 
Look at all the records for February!!! 
  WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD (47.7 DEGREES. PREVIOUS 44.6 DEGREES IN 1882)

MOST OCCURRENCES OF A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE GREATER THAN OR EQUAL
TO 70 DEGREES (9 DAYS. PREVIOUS 7 DAYS IN 1976).

MOST OCCURRENCES OF A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE GREATER THAN OR EQUAL
TO 60 DEGREES (15 DAYS. PREVIOUS 14 DAYS IN 1976).

TIED 4TH LEAST OCCURRENCES OF A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE LESS THAN OR
EQUAL TO 32 DEGREES (11 DAYS).

MOST OCCURRENCES OF A MINIMUM TEMPERATURE GREATER THAN OR EQUAL TO
50 DEGREES (5 DAYS. PREVIOUS 4 DAYS IN 1938).

MOST CONSECUTIVE DAYS WITH A MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE GREATER THAN OR
EQUAL TO 60 DEGREES WITHIN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY (9 DAYS ENDING ON 02/24).

9TH DRIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD (0.94 INCHES).

TIED 14TH LEAST SNOWIEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD (0.2 INCHES).
...DAILY...
2 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SET (02/20 AND 02/11).
3 RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURES SET OR TIED (02/28, 02/21 AND 02/20).
 
March

Temperature
           
               Observed            Avg     Diff    Last Yr
AVG. MAXIMUM     59.5              55.9     3.6     62.5
AVG. MINIMUM     40.4              36.6     3.8     43.6
MEAN             49.9              46.3     3.6     53.0 
 
Rainfall 
TOTALS           4.24              3.32    0.92     2.29
 
Boring Record Month of March

...MONTHLY...
TIED FOR 17TH WARMEST MARCH ON RECORD ( 49.9 DEGREES)
...DAILY...
1 RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE SET (03/01)
2 RECIRD HIGH TEMPERATURES SET ( 3/20 AND 03/21)
 
April

Temperature 
                Observed            Avg     Diff    Last Yr
AVG. MAXIMUM     72.7              67.4     5.3     70.3
AVG. MINIMUM     51.9              47.2     4.7     49.4
MEAN             62.3              57.3     5.0     59.9
 
Rainfall 
 
TOTALS          10.37              3.69    6.68     4.49
 
 ...MONTHLY...

8TH WARMEST APRIL ON RECORD (62.3 DEGREES).

2ND WETTEST APRIL ON RECORD (10.37 INCHES).


...DAILY...

1 RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE TIED (88 DEGREES ON 4/19. ALSO SET IN
2011).

2 RECORD RAINFALL VALUES SET (04/05...2.01 INCHES. PREVIOUS WAS
1.58 SET IN 1926. AND 04/29...3.15 INCHES. PREVIOUS WAS 2.29 SET IN
1911)
 
 


Friday, April 28, 2017

3 Tee Renovation and Zoysia Repair on Approaches


The staff slammed out the work earlier in the week regarding the renovation of #3 white/blue tee. It was laser-leveled by Schaefer-Meyer company on Monday and the staff laid the sod on Tuesday. We narrowed the front of the tee and pointed it properly toward the fairway instead of down the right woods and fence line. I would think it will be ready for play within 3 to 4 weeks.

We also repaired the damage in front of 1 approach and 2 approach on Wednesday before the rain hit that evening. We still have some weakness in a couple of other spots that might take some replacement. We have some extra sod in the parking lot waiting to be laid as necessary when things dry out.

Area in front of 2 green. Same thing was done in  front of 1. 3 is a little weak but a majority of that material is growing back.


Tee was leveled to drain f ront to back and off to the right. We softened the walk off area a little and also will be able to extend the tee ground back a couple of yards.
                                      

Mike McNeil painting shape of the tee.

Staff tightening up the sod after it was laid.

This pick is looking front to back. We made the tee more regular rectangular in shape and lost teeing ground on the front so tee would be pointing the proper alignment for players.
Watering the sod. Got a little toasty but will be good after all of the rain we are receiving.



The arrow from a video regarding the old tee. You can see how it aligned down the fence line instead of the fairway. In the pictures above you can see how the tee has been turned to the left to align itself down the center fairway line from the center of the tee.
https://youtu.be/tNNJbvgr_yE https://youtu.be/KfKJhM9C1Gc

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Weakness in Some Fairways and Approaches

We've greened up nicely is many areas of our fairways but we do have some noticeable weakness in heavier trafficked areas such as approaches, shaded areas, north facing areas etc. There are a number of things that could be attributed to causing these issues. We talk mostly about the good and the work that takes place, every once in a while I have to talk about some bad.

I made the fall application like we normally do with our Bermuda reduction material. We were pretty dry in the fall which the Zoysia was under a bit more stress than normal. Of course going dormant, is a bit stressful as well. We normally come out of winter a bit more delayed than normal because of this spary material. The zoysia is tolerant to it but it can tinge it a little.

With the milder than normal temperatures this winter, our warm season turf staying in dormancy for our RoundUp application in February was a bit of concern. We do spray at the near lightest rate which is effective at killing the poa annua and not damaging the zoysia. The areas most effected, high traffic areas like approaches are a little thinner in dormant turf cover and more chemical material could have gotten down into the canopy and affected live tissue. We have pulled a couple of plugs and placed them in the greenhouse to see if they will green up in the next 10-14 days. If they do, we will be fine. If not, we might have to replace the approach area on a couple of holes.

The issue we are facing could have also been the 15-17 degree low temperature we had a few weeks ago when the plants were just greening up and were very susceptible to freeze damage.

Or it could have been a perfect combination of the 3 things happening all at the same time, weaker zoysia from the fall, just a bit more green up than normal in February and the cold temperatures after the early breakout of temperatures.

We will have a better feel about what is happening over the next couple of weeks. I think a majority of the spots will be fine. One thing I'm probably sure of is the Bermuda got its butt kicked as well.

Greens aeration was completed in 2 days by the guys. Looks good overall. Last major aeration work of the season besides monthly needle tining and maybe a hydrojet application in mid-summer.


# 1 green approach. This is about the width that I sprayed last fall with the Bermuda control product. Its also the width of the area sprayed in February. This also coincides with the turning area of the mowers and rollers which creates excessive wear in this area.

#2 looking across from left to right into front of the green.  Same as #1.

This is an area along #15 we always have issues with. Narrow band of area that is emersed in deep shade for  many hours of the day plus heavy cart traffic due to balls ending up on the down slope of the fairway. I did not spray this area last fall because of the weakness of the turf. Still having issues. Recommendation has been to remove at least 1/2 the trees in this area to allow more sunlight. It is also facing to the east southeast which is not a good situation for warm season turf growth.

Plugs pulled from the approach. Looks pretty weak. There appears to be life down in the stolen area but we will see for sure in 10-14 days.
2 green after aeration

2 green canopy. Holes filled. 



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

3 Tee Renovation

Renovation begins on #3 Tee today with the removal of 3 trees. Our intentions are to replace the cool season Heinz 57 turf with Zoysia that requires a great deal less maintenance and moisture. It's does need more sun which is the reason for the removal of 3 Elm trees and a Solver Maple.

We then have to strip the sod off the surface, dig out the tree roots that have disrupted the surface, contract tilling and lazer leveling of the surface and laying the sod. Our hope is to have the Tee ready for play in 45 days or less.

 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Spring Color in the Ornamental Pots

Horticulturist Becky was busy this past week planting the numerous pots around the facility.
 
Varieties in the large pot on The Pearson Plaza and other areas include Gerbera, Dianthus, Lobelia,Snapdragons, Agyrathemum, Stock, Margurite Daisy, Osteospermum, and Kale.