Superintendents blog– February 2015
We had 147.5mm of rain for the month of February and recorded 10 days of rainfall. The frequency and volume of the rainfall has been great for the course.
The overall condition of the course is great and we are receiving some positive feedback.
We are still having problems with the Argentine Stem Weevils on our greens. Our treatment program seems to be only just holding them at bay and there has been some surface damage on several greens.
The Corella’s (birds) are becoming a frequent problem on several greens; the most frequently damaged greens are the 10th and the 11th. I will be placing mirror balls around the greens to scare the birds away from the greens, similar devices have proven to work well so I am willing to try anything to prevent this damage.
We are currently disease free on the greens and they are being cut at least 5-6 days a week.
The selective herbicide applied to the couch tees has worked well and all tees have good healthy grass coverage.
Tees are currently cut twice a week.
The fairways are in good condition with very little weeds present and complete grass coverage. There is a small incidence of disease in some heavy traffic areas but this is not yet a problem with the current climatic conditions.
We are currently cutting fairways twice a week.
We rake bunkers at least 3-4 times per week for competition days, however further maintenance is difficult during this busy growing season; overall the bunkers are maintained consistently week in and week out.
We have completed the removal and turfing of the bunker on the right hand side of the 12th green. Special thanks to the volunteer garden party for helping with the laying of the turf.
We have recently purchased a quality second hand greens mower which will eventually replace our aging and unreliable tees mower, the tees mower will be retained for future spare parts for the other 2 mowers.
Trees and Gardens
We are currently spraying round up in the garden areas and under the trees to continue to control the weeds.
Helen has planted several Hibiscus plants between the 6th and 15th tee areas (near the halfway house) this will create a visual barrier between the two areas as well as add a bit of colour to the course.
Repairs as required due to storm damage.
We have not recorded any problem during February from humans although the birds are continually damaging areas of the course, most of this damage is happening in the late afternoon when there is nobody around to scare them away.
Western car park retaining wall
- Continue Round up spraying under pine trees, gardens, course boundaries and dams.
- Tree maintenance.
- Pathway repairs.
- 3rd tee pathway.
- Soil mounding on the 10th