Superintendents Report – March 2015
We had 60mm of rain for the month of March and recorded 7 days of rainfall.
We have had limited water supply available from the Bombo recycle water plant. The plant has had problems with the quality of water since the 5th of March so we have had to monitor our usage.
The overall condition of the course is great as we enter the autumn months.
The previous problems associated with the Argentine stem weevil pest have significantly improved due to our diligent program and the cooler conditions, close monitoring or the greens will continue on a daily basis.
The damage caused by the Corellas birds on the greens has greatly reduced since we placed mirror balls around the greens, the balls seem to deter the birds and we are finding that the damage is more like once a week/fortnight as opposed to daily.
We are currently disease free on the greens and they are being cut at least 5-6 days a week.
The tees are in good condition and will receive a good fertilize as we enter the cooler months to help with continual growth and recovery as well as maintaining colour.
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 however this will reduce as the cooler weather slows the growth.
An application of a pre emergent herbicide is required at this time of the year to minimise the amount of wintergrass from germinating, however with the lack of available irrigation water I will need sufficient rainfall to wash the product into the soil profile for best results so we will have to hold off until more favourable conditions.
All bunkers were trimmed and presented well for the men’s Kiama Open held on the 11th of April.
The bunkers have been in good condition with less compaction due to the minimal use of irrigation via the greens sprinklers.
We are currently drafting a plan to increase the size of the practice chipping green opposite the greenkeeping shed. The plan would include the use of the herbicides Fusilade and Glyphosate mixed together to eradicate the kikuyu and the couch grass at least 2 meters around the existing green. Once the herbicide has taken affect heavily renovate the entire green which would include scarifying and aeration followed by oversowing with bent grass.
All current machinery is running well at the moment.
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.
The steel pipe barrier opposite the greenkeepers shed was damaged recently, the pipe seems to have been driven into or jumped on causing a large bend in the pipe and the damage has since been repaired.
We have had two flags sticks stolen off the 10th green in recent weeks.
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