Superintendents Report – March 2013
We had 36mm of rain for the month of March and recorded 4 days of rain.
As I write this report we have come to the end of daylight saving, we are having cooler mornings and nights. There has been a decrease in turfgrass growth although our cutting frequency has not changed.
Greens are running ok at the moment, they are a bit softer than I would like.
Towards the end of April I will verti- drain the greens with a solid Tyne followed by a light top-dress and fertiliser, this should give us good surface drainage and grass coverage going into to the winter months.
We are cutting tees twice a week.
The round up trials are continuing with more work on the 2nd and 8th tees and most noticeable on the 9th tee where we seem to have found the right chemical rate for the control of the kikuyu in the couch tees.
Unchanged from last month
Fairways are being cut twice per week.
There is a small amount of disease in the heavily trafficked areas, and these areas have been treated and traffic controls are in place.
There has not been any wintergrass germination as yet and I will be applying a pre emergent herbicide to all closely mown areas of kikuyu, this includes fairways and green surrounds.
Bunkers have all been trimmed in preparation for the Kiama Open.
Bunkers are being raked on Wednesdays, Thursday, Saturday and other competition days including Veterans golf days, pennants and corporate days.
The machinery cylinder grinders that were donated by the veteran golfers have been delivered and installed and we are now just awaiting some specialist training for the operation of the machine.
We have recently purchased a set of second hand greens mower cutting cylinders, these will be used as a back up set for the greens mower and the tees mower and will be beneficial when we start a regular greens dusting program.
Trees and Gardens
Helen has been busy planting several species of plants around the clubhouse and first tee; the majority of these plants have been donated by members.
Roundup spraying under trees continues when time permits.
The main problem on the course is the Corella birds with a recent attack on the 10th green on Wednesday 3.4.13. Green staff repaired the damage the following morning and the recovery has been good. This problem is very difficult to police and I would ask all members to help in scaring the birds away from the greens or any closely mown surface.
- Garden work, trimming and mulching.
- Round up spraying under pine trees, gardens, course boundaries and dams.
- Tree maintenance.
- Pathway repairs.
Thank You Mark Yates