Monday, October 2, 2017

Weed Control: Fall / Winter

Whether it’s a homeowner’s lawn or a golf course, weeds are unwanted aesthetically and pesky for golfers who expect a good lie in the fairway!  Pre emergent weed control is a common practice for Golf Course Superintendents, but perhaps not as much at home.

At ICGC we have approx 115 acres of turf where weed control is essential, a relatively inexpensive commercial grade pre emergent can cost up to $30/acre.  So for the fall pre emergent application we budget $3000-$3500. 

The photos below show a plot treated with and without weed prevention and the difference is clear, so unless you have goats roaming your yard, here are recommendations for fall/winter lawn care specific to North Dallas.
The facts from a Texas Coop Extension expert: 
  • Apply pre emergent in early to mid September (weather dependent, if too hot and dry wait a couple more weeks)
    • Ensure you purchase the correct material for your lawn type
    • Water a good half inch within 1-2 days
  • Annual winter weeds may require a post emergent application, because the best time to treat is fall and early winter while they are actively growing.
    • Allow material to dry a couple days, then mow
Weedy dormant bermudagrass

Plot of turf untreated vs. treated

Dormant bermudagrass sans the weeds

Friday, September 8, 2017

Grub Control

What can make a pristine fairway (or lawn) like this…

Look like this?

As we rolled into August, not only did Pre Season football kick off, but so did Grub season!

Many have asked the question, ‘what is happening on some tees and fairways?’  The simple answer is skunks and armadillos have an appetite for grubs, and we have plenty for them to find!  Our grub control program has begun with applications of Imidacloprid in the affected areas.  The areas closer to the Elm Fork of the Trinity River (holes on the Creek like 14 & 15) get the most activity, as there are areas of vegetation along it, which make a comfortable home for these critters.  Other pests like ants will also be affected so we can control the mounded anthills on fairways and tees.

Next month:  Weed Control

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Why Aerate the Greens?

Premium turf conditions and healthy greens are no accident, regular maintenance practices create the ideal playing surfaces we have come to expect as golfers. One of those key practices is Aerification of the putting surfaces.  This method relieves compaction and helps to reduce the possibility of turf loss from disease and other threats.

We completed core aerification of both The Creek & Lakes courses in July while turf health has been at its peak.  This allowed for faster healing and less ‘downtime’ for the ideal green conditions we all prefer. 

Thanks to our golfers who continue to play and comment about the great conditions here at Indian Creek, it’s been a good weather season so far with well-timed soaking rains and moderate heat.  In addition we continue efforts in preventative care to ensure the course is always ready for your next golf outing!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Proper Range Maintenance

A word on proper range maintenance and how you can help! Which divot pattern do you think will heal faster?  A or B? Image A: The ‘Line’ or  Image B: The ‘Patch’?

Image A
Image B

In Image A you see a narrow pattern which leaves less area for the Bermuda to have to span as it works to grow in again, this line will heal quickly, whereas the ‘Patch’ takes twice as long to heal and leaves golfers with less and lower quality turf to hit from. 
So to help healing and preserve the tee line for better conditions please use the example shown in Image A the ‘Line’ as your practice pattern for faster healing and healthier turf.

Filling divots with sand allows the Bermuda something to latch onto for faster growth and quicker recovery from turf damage.
  Our staff works to fill divots with sand bottles, as we all do our part to help the healing process and get grass to spread in faster!  When you have the time please use the provided sand bottles to fill divots on tee boxes, fairways and the driving range.

The light green patches are old divots with new Bermuda growth, it’s amazing what fertilizer and proper turf care can do!  If everyone does their part when it comes to the recovery process we’ll have more grass to play from and better range conditions overall!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Practice Area

We are currently transitioning from Rye grass back to Bermuda for the heat of the summer season. On Tuesday we sprayed a mixture 46-0-0 Urea/Iron fertilizer to promote growth and color. After hot summer nights take over, it won't be long before we see a full stand of Bermuda turf.

The first photo shows a carpet of Rye grass (about 2 months ago) that had been over-seeded to maintain a lush green practice surface for off-season chipping.  The second photo (taken May 23) shows the progress of the Bermuda as it reclaims its host turf status.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Superintendent's Corner

Welcome to the Indian Creek Golf Club maintenance blog! Our hope is to provide our patrons with useful and timely information about general maintenance at our course. We will add content from standard course care to comprehensive details about our agronomic practices. Stay tuned for monthly updates...

Kenny Baker, Superintendent