Spring is in the air! According to my calendar the first day of Spring is March 20th. So far this month we have been doing some course clean up work. All ornamental grasses have been burned down, dead trees have been cut down, stone edgers have been cleaned and exposed and the Swope Park entrance sign was also cleaned. Along with the cleaning we have been spraying the greens with a plant growth regulator to control seed heads from forming and allowing a smooth ball roll. Hopefully Spring will stay for a while and we can continue detailing the course before Summer arrives and we are dragging hoses.
Last week all the natural grass areas were cut. This is done annually to help us control weeds. We will apply a fertilizer with pre-emergent to all these areas in the spring to also help with controlling weed infestation.
In early November of 2016 I said good bye to the maintenance grounds of Heart of America GC. I was employed at Heart of America for 5 seasons and it will always have a special place in my heart. I am now a mile north and employed at Swope Memorial. Swope is a classic 18 hole Tillinghast designed course with beautiful downtown views. It has Zoysia fairways, Fescue/Blue rough and Poa/Bent greens (mostly Poa). Andrew Jones was the previous Superintendents here and he is leaving the course to me with extremely big shoes to fill. However, I am excited for the opportunity. This blog page will be updated periodically so be sure to save it to your favorites :) Enjoy!
To get to the Heart of America Golf Course you must travel on Blue River Road. Aside from the litter that is along the edge of the road it is a very scenic drive. In fact you might even think you are in Colorado driving next to the base of a mountain. My point was proven when a large boulder fell onto the road last week.
The city brought there loaders and large dump trucks to clean up the mess that caused the road to be closed for a few hours and was kind enough to deliver a load to our shop per my request. Below are a few pictures of how we were able to use the rock.
We also removed the old wood railing retaining wall along the cart path and chipping green and made a rock wall which I think is a little more pleasing to the eye.
Next time traveling Blue River Road be sure to watch out for falling rock.
Every year around this time we spray the dormant Zoysia turf with a pre and post emergent herbicide. The pre emergent herbicide keeps weeds from growing in it. The post emergent herbicide is glyphosate aka roundup. Because the zoysia is dormant (not green) the glyphosate cannot enter into the plant through photosynthesis. What we are targeting in this spray is mostly annual bluegrass and clover. Those weeds are green and will take in the glyphosate. The blue tint that you see is simply a tracker so we are able to see where we sprayed. The result once temperatures rise is a weed free playing surface.