Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We aerified all of the Tees on Greywalls in the last week.  We are battling the effects of take-all patch and the weakened turf is suffering during the heat.  We have localized dry spots (LDS), which is hydrophobic areas within the soil profile caused by fungal growth coating the soil with a water repellent coating.  Aerification helps manage thatch (fungus food) and provides a hole for water and nutrients to reach the turf rootzone.  
A fungicide was applied to knock down the pathogen and a high sulfur and micro-nutrient rich product was also applied to help address a pH issue, which happens to favor the fungal growth and not turfgrass growth.  
A wetting agent application and an organic fertilizer application are next in line on the tees.  

You might notice that we are also doing some spot aerification to the greens.  (18 pictured above)
This is being done to battle another pathogen called fairy-ring.  

Never a dull moment when maintaining turfgrass at a high level all while mowing it at 1/8" and its getting walked on all day.

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