Saturday, June 27, 2009
We treat our fairways, first cut of rough, green surrounds and tee boxes for grubs which include
Black Turfgrass Aentenius, Northern Masked Chafers(the brown beetle that flies around your porch lights in June), Bluegrass billbug larvae and the Japanese beetle.
Below is a link from the Ohio State University which explains the life and times of this beetle in more detail.
A picture of a beetle. I place Abe beside the beetle to help you understand the scale or size.
View from the left side of the green. You can see the spots of poa that were affected.
The two pictures below give you an idea of the size of these spots in comparison to the camera case. The small holes you see in the turf are from our needle tine operation which we performed on 9 greens on Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Assistant Mike is stripping the dead sod out of place. Most of this material was a part of the intermediate rough.
New sod has been laid in the spot that was cleared. We will continue to work on the larger sections on this hole until we have replaced all that we believe should be replaced and will then move on to one of the other 3 test holes for additional replacement.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Lady as usual inspecting the work that needs to be accomplished for the day. The hole on the left is almost all the way down to the bottom of the pipe in depth. The hole on the right was a repair we made early last fall before we started to include concrete as our fill material. It was only about 1' deep.
Picture does not give the depth perception I wanted but you can see it is only about 1'foot wide but it dropped down at least 3-4'.
The repair completed and patched back over with asphalt.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
- Removing too much turf at one time which can put the plants under some serious stress, especially in a high heat and ground saturated situation.
- Grass clippings will be laying on freshly mowed turf in high temperature which creates disease, playability and is rather unsightly.
- Uneven cut of the turf which can lead to disease and turf damage to the ends of the plant.
The 3" cut will take place in the deeper areas of the rough and will be lowered down to match the other mower once we can get caught up with our mowing in the next 5-7 days. As the heat begins to effect the cool season turf, we will plan a 1/4" to 1/2" increase in height overall for our rough to protect it from the stress of the middle summer heat. As the temperatures begin to cool in late August or early September and our cool season turf is beginning to recover, we will lower our height to assist in fighting the dreaded bermuda grass lies that we can experience in our rough.
I shot a few videos today to give you some of the examples of the work that is being done to reduce and or eliminate the impacts of bermuda grass on our zoysia fairways. 13 fairway has a number of different examples of small, intermediate and large patches of bermuda. Some of thes patches we will allow the zoysia to grow into the bermuda area as we reduce the bermuda competitively or kill it outright. Other spots will need to be replaced with sod from our nursery because they are simply too large and will take too long for the zoysia to fill into the spot. Poa, crabgrass and other weeds will then try to invade the voided spots. As we get a fairway back to near total zoysia coverage, we will still have to do some treatments on the fairway from time to time to kill back any spots of bermuda that will eventually try to rise up out of the ashes or a piece of bermuda that drops off of a mower, your shoes or a shot you hit out of the rough with piece of bermuda on it. It comes in contact with the soil, moisture allows it to form roots and the process starts all over again.
The first video explains in detail some of the larger patches and how we will handle their potential replacement.
This video shows a section of rough that has good zoysia coverage with some bermuda grass mixed in with the zoysia. We would not replace this spot with zoysia.
The final video discusses a spot in which the bermuda has completely checked out. This will be completely replaced with zoysia grass as time and weather allow us to do the work. A lot of the bermuda in this spot checked out over the winter with some being killed back this spring.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Riesentraube 80 days -Indeterminate. This old German heirloom was offered in Philadelphia by the mid-1800's. The sweet grape-shaped fruit grow to one ounce in large clusters on the plant. The name means "Giant Bunch of Grapes" in German. It is probably the most popular small tomato with seed collectors, as many enjoy the rich, full tomato flavor that is missing in today's cherry types. Large plants produce massive yields.
Anna Maria's Heart New $3.00 70-85 days -- --Indeterminate 6-10 ounce fruits of very good flavor. Some growers consider this variety superior to “Pink Oxheart.” (seed courtesy of Carolyn Male)
Costoluto Genovese $3.0078 days - Indeterminate. Deeply ribbed Italian heirloom with a rich, full flavor. Hearty plants that do well in hot weather, but will produce even when the weather cools down. Delicious flavor.
Ludmilla's Red Plum NEW $3.0070-85 days - Indeterminate. Outstanding producer. Very flavorful, 3 to 5 inch, plum-shaped fruits, weighing 6 to 10 ounces. The variety had been grown for over 50 years by one Ludmilla, a “Kazakstan German,” who gave seeds to Reinhard Kraft. (Seed courtesy of Carolyn Male)
Ingegnoli Gigante Liscio (Large Smooth Tomato) $3.0075 days - Indeterminate.Giant fruit are smooth and very tasty, having more vibrant tomato flavor than many huge tomatoes; perfect for home gardeners. This historic Italian heirloom was developed around 1900 from varieties 'Ponderosa' and 'Saint Louis'. It is nearly extinct in the United States. Few seeds. Mid season. Said to be of American origin. Perhaps brought back to Italy by emigrants who returned home.
Riesentraube $3.0080 days -Indeterminate. This old German heirloom was offered in Philadelphia by the mid-1800's. The sweet grape-shaped fruit grow to one ounce in large clusters on the plant. The name means "Giant Bunch of Grapes" in German. It is probably the most popular small tomato with seed collectors, as many enjoy the rich, full tomato flavor that is missing in today's cherry types. Large plants produce massive yields.
Golden Jubilee This large, round, smooth yellow tomato has a mild flavor and is less acidic than many other varieties. Its vines are uniform and upright, making Golden Jubilee one of the easier varieties to manage. Matures in 80 days.
Purple Beauty 3.0075 days. Purple peppers are always a favorite, as they are so colorful. This variety produces loads of beautiful bells on compact, bushy plants. Crisp texture and mild, sweet flavor makes this one popular with everyone. Purple ripening to red.
Quadrato d' Asti Rosso 3.0080 days. Very thick brilliant red flesh. The fruit are huge. Delicious rich-sweet taste. Excellent for frying, salads, or stuffing. One of the largest red bells. Beautiful and blocky. A really choice variety. Produces large yields. Very popular with many fine markets in Italy. Superb!
Sweet Yellow Stuffer This amazing little pepper comes to us from Amish grower Ester Smucker of Indiana. The seed was passed down to her from her Grandmother, whom she fondly remembers growing these peppers in the 1950s in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The very productive plants produce the cutest little mini bell-shaped peppers, only 1"-2" across! Ester uses these to make wonderful stuff ed and pickled peppers!")
Pictures of our fresh lettuce and arugula and two flats of product that have been used at least twice are two flats on the right. We've been growing these outside since it is cooler outside than in our greenhouse.
The picture below are the tomatoes and pepper starting in the greenhouse. We wanted to get them started quickly and protect them from some cooler nights and the heavy rains. They will be moved outside the greenhouse once summer has officially arrived.
Also, a flat of broccoli sprouts which Chef likes to use in topping his salads.
The tree resting on part of the dump truck.
The uprooted base of the tree. Note the lack of rooting for a tree that has a circumference of 7' and is about 2.5 feet in diameter.
Here is the real problem for this tree. Over 1/3 of the base was dead and decaying leading to less overall rooting holding the tree in place. Over the next few years, we will probably be making some tough decisions regarding weakened and or damaged trees that are potentially unsafe like this tree. Basidiocarps are mushroom type growths that you see at the base of Oak trees that have Root and Butt Rot. I found a good article from North Carolina State regarding this type of disease. Most trees with this disease are older trees that are in decline.http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/pp/notes/Ornamental/odin30/od30.htm
Here is a view of the tree where it split open to show a cavity inside. Bees have taken up residence in the tree with their queen which might potentially create a problem when we try to remove the tree. Maybe they will move on their own or we can get a beekeeper to come by and move them for us.
12 fairway where we had just laid sod last week. Oh well, we found the sod down on 3 fairway at the beginning and will try to lay the sod again when it dries out.
I receive a weekly email blast from one of my vendors with information from Kansas State University Turfgrass extension service. The link below discusses a number of subjects which some of you might find interesting. Some of the discussion is golf course related but a number of the items are for general home owner use as well. The topics include:
- lady bird beetles
- zoysia patch
- prostrate spurge
- drought stress or disease in turfgrass
- pinching mums
- accumulated stress to plants leading to death
- Poison Ivy ID and control
Monday, June 15, 2009
The irrigation lake on 15 over flowed its banks and dam. (Some of the pictures have script above them and toward the bottom the pictures have script to the side. Could not get the editing function to work properly)
The hazard is slightly wider than normal this morning. Looking from the spillway area back toward 15 tee.
The spill way has water coming into it from all sides.
Water over flowing the left side of the dam.
Looks like the Olympic rafting competition could take place here at Glen Echo.
New drain on #11 seems to be working pretty well. We do have water from above moving across the front half of the green but it is draining off of the green.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Here's the link to that song if you enjoy some classic rock.
No, what I'm speaking of is some material we put around the greens today. A little organic chicken litter fertilizer with some Ammonium Sulfate to try to kick in the zoysia a bit. The organic is good for soil building and is a slow release fertilizer and the ammonium sulfate is good for warm season turfgrass. If you would like more information, check out the link below.
We plan to put a little application on the greens in the next few days when we can water it
in so that smell might be around again.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
For additional information regarding this product, please click on the link below.
The picture below gives you an idea of the absorbent potential of this material. On the left side of the shop towel is the material in its dried state. To the right of the dime is the material after soaking in water for about 5 minutes. Its already 3 to 4 times or more the size of the original material. This material will run approximately $ 6-7 per pound but it is well worth the time and money it takes to water plants. We purchased a 50# bag but they do come in 10#. There are other materials out there available at garden centers including a product called Soil Moist that come in 3 oz. bags and will set you back about $ 4-5. One of the real benefits of these materials also is the air space that is created for the rooting systems. Our plants root systems in our urns are pretty extensive by now due to the water availability and the pore space created by this material. The pots on the patio were literally trying to push the plants out of the pot because I failed to leave enough room in the pot for the expansion of the material in the soil. Oh well, you live and learn.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Our mixing station below includes an electric pump, filters to catch both particulates and water separator.
The picture below is where we have reduced traffic going up the hill on #3. We replaced some sod in this area, have done some smaller tined aerating and have some additional work planned for this area. As the turf continues to improve, we reduce the area that is roped off.
This is a close up of a weakened area on the golf course which was aerated. 3/8" solid tine about 3" deep. We are potentially looking at taking our verti-drain deep tined aerifier out into a few spots to help with water penetration. We will probably only set a depth of 4-5" which will be better than normal aeration of 3" or so which takes place in July. This will be of the solid-tined variety which will not be disruptive to play.
This is the same area but pulled back to show the general size of the area.
Left side of #12. Shade which leads to excessive moisture are contributing factors to this area. We will be replacing sod as weather allows in the next few days. Any assistance you can give when driving carts away from these areas would be most helpful. We are attempting to reduce mowing only as needed through spots like this area.
A wider view of the area from above.
The picture above shows the collar cut on the left 1/3, the 3/4" cut in the middle and the taller 1 3/8" cut on the right side. If you enlarge the picture, you can see how the mowing helps to reduce the clump of poa to a size that will help with playability.