Summers are so hot in Houston that Bob Cook does all of his herbicide spraying in the very early morning hours. “That’s how we ensure getting best results in this high heat and humidity,” says Cook, golf course superintendent at Walden on Lake Houston Golf and Country Club.
With Championship ultradwarf bermudagrass on greens and 419 bermuda on tees, roughs and fairways, Cook doesn’t have a huge weed problem. “As long as we maintain good fertility rates and don’t let bare areas open up, we can stay pretty weed-free with bermudagrass,” adds Cook, who has been in the Houston area for 14 of the 37 years he’s been in the golf maintenance industry.
The exceptions to that rule are the areas around sprinkler heads where sedges, dandelions and clover often accumulate. In the past three years, he’s solved that problem with postemergence applications of Solitare® herbicide from FMC.
An all-in-one postemergence weed control product designed to combat crabgrass, sedges and broadleaf weeds, Solitare provides powerful, broad-spectrum control without the hassle of tankmixing other herbicides. Its dual action delivers visible results within a few days after treatments.
“We use Solitare once in the spring and once in the summer for cleanup around greens, green surrounds and tee surrounds,” he notes. “It really cleans up weeds. I completely trust it and plan to keep using it.”