Turf In Focus: The Polar Vortex and Beyond – Winter Turf Care on the Golf Course

For this month’s Turf In Focus, we are excited to present a photo series featuring winter turf care photos of superintendents dealing with frigid temperatures in the wake of the polar vortex. Being a superintendent doesn’t stop when the course closes for the season, and can be quite a chore during the winter, as these photographs illustrate. We’d like to extend a special thank you to Jeff Lockhart of Burlington Golf and Country Club, Gary Deters of St. Cloud Country Club, Bill Gilkes of Scarboro Golf & Country Club and Darren Reddekopp of Bearspaw Country Club for these incredible images of what winter turf care is all about for superintendents. Here’s some levity for all you supers suffering under ice. Someone was actually skating on out 7th green #nojoke pic.twitter.com/0ppQz30xcd — Jeff Lockhart (@jlockhart2112) January 20, 2014 Checked for ice on greens. Under about 12″ of snow it’s looking pretty good. pic.twitter.com/dS5BhxtFpD — Gary Deters (@gdeters_turf) January 17, 2014 Moving snow from greens to help melt the ice. Ongoing process for the rest of the winter. pic.twitter.com/ztkrjxDlfr — Scarboro Golf & CC (@ScarboroGolf) January 28, 2014 Ice thickness on #7 green. Luckily there is a solid tarp. pic.twitter.com/zNYAoIrEfE — Darren Reddekopp (@Bearspawsuper) January 24, 2014 Stay tuned for more turf industry snapshots—if you have a photo as great as these photographs of winter turf care on the golf course that you’d like to be featured on In Focus, please send it our way. On Twitter? Share your photo with @FMCturf or just add the #TurfInFocus hash tag to your tweeted photo! What is In Focus? As a turf care...

Controlling Crabgrass and Pythium in the Transition Zone

Bentgrass greens still work well for the Charlie Yates Golf Course in Atlanta, Ga., despite the fact that most courses in the area have switched to bermudagrass greens. "It's almost a niche to have bentgrass greens in the South now, says Thomas Russell, who has been golf course superintendent for the past 10 years. "There's still a perception that bent is a better putting surface, even though Bermuda is winning over a lot of people.” The rest of the 9-hole executive-style Charlie Yates course is 419 bermudagrass, though Russell overseeds the driving range and a half-dozen tees with ryegrass during winter months. “It’s definitely a challenge balancing warm- and cool-season grasses in the Transition Zone,” he adds. Owned by the East Lake Foundation, a community revitalization program, Charlie Yates was an 18-hole course until a few years ago. The foundation runs a charter elementary school and wanted to build an accompanying high school. Therefore, nine of the Charlie Yates holes were reallocated for a high school currently under construction. Russell now maintains the golf course with just a mechanic and two seasonal employees. The course is open year-round, but gets most play in the spring and early summer. “As soon as the Master’s comes on TV, we start filling up,” he notes. Wet, Weedy Spring Crabgrass is one of the major challenges Russell faces. “Last year, we had a really wet spring – which led to a really weedy spring,” he adds. “We applied a short-lived preemergence product in late February, but needed further support a few months later.” By early May, the course had a lot of broadleaf...

Soil Treatment Works "Like a Charm" on Pythium Root Dysfunction

I've been superintendent for the Ocean City Golf Club in Ocean City, Md., for three years now. We have two golf courses – the Seaside and the Newport Bay — for a total of 36 holes. We have 19 USGA-spec greens, 10 greens that are straight push-up and nine that are an 80-20 mix. But I handle preventive disease control the same way on all of them. Before joining Ocean City club, I worked for Ruark Golf Management Group, handling maintenance responsibilities at several of their four Eastern Shore golf courses. It was there I learned how to manage root Pythium pathogens. One of the superintendents I worked with at Ruark, Eric Snelsire at Glen Riddle Golf Club, taught me how to prevent Pythium root dysfunction. He showed me how to use Segway® fungicide as a soil spray about six years ago. I’ve been using it ever since. Here’s what I do: Mix the low rate of Segway (0.45 fl oz/1000 ft2) with a wetting agent and apply directly to the turf Run irrigation over the top after application to get the mixture down into the root zone Rotate chemistries to avoid resistance development. Every other application is Insignia fungicide Make a soil-applied root Pythium preventive fungicide application every month from April through September I believe in early season spore control, in addition to preventive foliar applications. Segway works like a charm in my Pythium root dysfunction program. I’m a huge fan of FMC! Did you enjoy Mike’s blog on Pythium root dysfunction? We love featuring guest posts on our blog! If you’d be interested in writing a guest...

Become a ZOMBIE WEED WARRIOR at the 2014 Golf Industry Show!

Are you as excited as we are for the 2014 Golf Industry Show? With only a week left, we at FMC Professional Solutions couldn't be more thrilled to show you what we've got up our sleeves! Here's a preview of what to expect at Booth 2000: ZOMBIE WEEDS ARE BACK If you missed last year's show, ZOMBIE WEEDS and ways to control them were a primary focus of our booth. This year, the ZOMBIES are back as we offer solutions for controlling these undead invaders.The thing about ZOMBIE WEEDS is just when you think you’ve gotten rid of them, they return from the dead! This year, we have some very special activities planned to transform turf professionals into ZOMBIE WEED WARRIORS! We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but you’ll definitely want to visit our booth to experience the “interactive” component of this year’s exhibit. You’ll even have the opportunity to challenge a few turfgrass celebrities for bragging rights and prizes! You won’t want to miss out on this exciting aspect to our new, larger booth, especially since participating means you’ll get the chance to win FMC products and other great prizes! In addition to the surprise, we’ll have Market Specialists on hand to discuss how products featuring FMC sulfentrazone help reduce future populations of perennial ZOMBIE WEED invaders like nutsedge, wild violet and green kyllinga. PRODUCTS AND PRIZES You didn’t think we’d let you leave empty-handed, did you? If you need another incentive to stop by Booth 2000, we’ll be handing out lots of awesome prizes. At our booth, you’ll have the chance to compete and participate in...

Top Tweets: The Silver Linings of Frost Delays

Check out the most popular @FMCturf tweets from the past few weeks including the silver linings of frost delays for turf professionals, the insulating effect of snow on turfgrass and turf industry blogging tips. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for turf care industry news, expert advice and the very latest turf product updates from FMC Professional Solutions. Very interesting! A graph demonstrates the insulating effect snow has on #turfgrass. http://t.co/Ye4d4MGBcP — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 10, 2014 What is “winterkill of #turfgrass” and what could cause it? http://t.co/wHrUCfPZBB — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 14, 2014 Your #turf blog will be noticed in no time by paying attention to these blogging tips: http://t.co/IH3PJYGM0F — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 8, 2014 Herbicide tank mixing with QuickSilver and Tenacity reduces bleaching and speeds up control. http://t.co/pJeLK6ZCfe #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 13, 2014 Check out what the #turf pros at @tpcsawgrassagr had to do to insulate their irrigation system from the cold! http://t.co/LVSKQqsFPi — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 7, 2014 Mid-Atlantic #golf courses are having problems related to the abnormally high and low temperatures this winter. http://t.co/EyOsMbb838 — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 6, 2014 What hashtags do you track for your #turf business? Here are our tips for making the most of hashtags on Twitter: http://t.co/Eak54Nictz. — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 10, 2014 Frost delays can have many silver linings that you may not have considered. http://t.co/p3zmq1f8U7 #golf #turfgrass — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 8, 2014 In this week’s #lawncare mystery, a #turfgrass pro solves the case of the resilient sedges! http://t.co/FmXLLalNsf — FMC Turf (@FMCturf) January 15, 2014...