Weeds of August

August 9, 2018 Dean Baker

The Weeds of August

For anyone with a home lawn, native weeds have been very strong this summer & wanting to take over! As outlined in our June weed turf bulletin, BGCC has a strong weed program which works closely with the ministry of the environment and its integrated pest management program. Most of our weed spraying is done spring & fall keeping the course “weeded” within our IPM guidelines. We do continue to spray & hand pick high traffic golf areas through the summer i.e. around greens, tees, bunkers, cart paths etc.. Weeds are quick to propagate and do have a habit of hiding at times, which makes them a constant battle!!

Crabgrass is the toughest weed we have on the golf course. It is an annual plant that germinates in late spring & dies every fall in heavy frost. Crabgrass is difficult to control once established because as a grass, regular weed herbicides have no effect. The one product registered for crabgrass control is Dimension. This product is sprayed early spring as a pre-emergent which stops the plant from germinating. We use this time of year to scout the large areas of crabgrass population for spraying next spring. We have been successful at keeping crabgrass out of important playing areas… greens, tees & fairways. This year our rough is taking a strong hit of infestation. Again, these areas have been documented & will be sprayed next spring for control.

Until then & for now… the weed war continues!

Special thanks to members on weed watch…

“An extra pair of eyes is always a good thing”.

About the Author

Dean Baker

Dean Baker, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (27 years). He joined Burlington Golf & Country Club in 2012, where he has enjoyed the remodelling and renovation of this historic 1922 Stanley Thompson design. Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he remains involved with the program he graduated from, Associate Diploma in Turf Management. There he lends his expertise as an instructor to upcoming turf managers, by instructing the Human Resources for Turf Managers Course.

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