Tuesday, May 29, 2012

June Aerification

We have some great news here at The Preserve Golf Club for the month of June.  Our scheduled aerification for June 18, 2012 has been canceled.  The cancellation is a bi-product of all the hard work our staff has done over the past year which is allowing us to reduce the number of aerifications from 3 to 2 this year.  The DryJect/aerification is still scheduled for later in the year during the month of August but with the minimal impact this process provides there will be no need to close the course. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer Fertilizer Application May 2012

Label for fertilizer applied to the golf course in May 2012.

This past Monday we began making our summer fertilizer application to the golf course.   We have changed our primary nitrogen source from Nitroform to Polyon this year.  Nitroform has been a preferred nitrogen source for professionally maintained turf in the southern region since the 60's but it has performed inconsistently for our particular property.  Polyon is a newer controlled release nitrogen source that hit the market in the  90's and has a history of providing excellent turf conditions.  This spring we developed some test plots to compare the performance of these products and the Polyon source has provided superior turf quality.

Photo of Nitroform and Polyon test plots

The visible squares are both the Polyon plots. The left is 1 pound of N/M and the right is a 2 pound of N/M rate.  These squares are beside plots that were treated with Nitroform.  For us the response was significant.

We look forward to an even more beautiful green golf course this summer!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dryject application May 7, 2012

This week we treated all of our putting surfaces using a state of the art machine known as a DryJect. This machine blasts a high pressure stream of water directly into the green while incorporating our selected amendment ( gypsum and sand) into the green at the same time. Below is a video of 16 green being treated this past Monday.

This machine effectively penetrates the greens to a 5-6 inch depth and incorporates approximately 50% of the material into the green that we are able to achieve with a normal core aerification. This gives us with the ability to remain effective with our cultivation practices while still providing excellent putting conditions the following day after treatment.

Pictured is a profile sample of 16 green after treatment. The light green area is the amendment that was injected into the sub surface.

This photos shows how the water and amendment follows the path of least resistance. You can see the light green is in a zig zag pattern from the water fracturing the soil profile.

Another Dryject application is scheduled for August 6th, 2012.