Friday, July 3, 2015

Employee Appreciation BBQ!

We work long, hot days during the summer at TPC Sawgrass because the Bermudagrass and other ornamental plants are actively growing and needing to be maintained. That being said, we wanted to show our employees how much they matter to us, so we put on a BBQ to give them a chance to relax and unwind. It was also a great opportunity for the agronomy staff to get together with the clubhouse staff, sit back, and appreciate all the hard work they put in day in and day out!





Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer 2015 Cultural Practices: TPC Sawgrass

As you can imagine with the Dye’s Valley course, the PLAYERS Stadium course, and all the landscaping in between, we manage a lot of turfgrass here at TPC Sawgrass. At the beginning of each summer we begin our cultural practices, which include verticutting, aerification, and top dressing.


When turfgrass grows, it aggressively meshes together and will overlap older, dead grass material. Thatch is the term given to the old grass material. Too much thatch can make it difficult for turf roots to reach the soil for its much needed water and nutrients. The main purpose of verticutting is to remove the thatch layer under the grass canopy. Verticutting is like mowing except the blades are vertical, so the blades cut down into the turf, removing thatch, instead of trimming the height as mowers do.


We have a lot of foot traffic on many of our turfgrass areas. This leads to compaction of the soil causing less water and air to be stored in the soil as well as making it difficult for turf to grow healthy roots. Aerification is a process that loosens the soil by repeatedly punching the turf with 5/8” hollow tines.  



 After executing the two aforementioned cultural practices, we then topdress these areas with sand in order to replace the soil that was removed during the aerification process.  The vertical holes, now filled with sand, allows for better moisture penetration and air/gas exchange. 



All of these cultural practices are critical to keep the Bermudagrass turf in championship level condition year round.  



Friday, June 5, 2015

The Art of Deadheading Flowers

With all the landscaping we have between two golf courses, the clubhouse, and all the grounds in between, it is somewhat of an understatement to say that we have a lot of exciting flowering plants here at TPC Sawgrass! With great flowers comes great responsibility though and one of the main techniques we employ to keep plants flowering is deadheading, or removing the old dying blooms.

Once a plant’s flowers start to degrade they can negatively impact the appearance of the landscape. For this reason alone it is a good idea to deadhead the fading flowers, but this technique can also encourage new flowers to form. This is because flowering is part of many plant’s reproductive cycle, so when their flowers are removed they’ll start the cycle over and make new flowers!

 Some old Marigold blooms mix in with new blooms.
 
Old bloom from a rose bush.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Web.com Tour Championship Preparation: Weed Control

Temperatures are rising as we get into the warmer part of the year and as the weather gets warmer, plants start growing! With the Web.com coming up in a few short months, we have to stay vigilant with our weed control through the summer and one very effective way to combat the oncoming weed infestation is to use preemergence herbicides.

Pre-emergence herbicides can be applied as a granular or liquid. Once applied, they create a barrier in the soil’s surface that inhibits weed seedling emergence. This is why this type of herbicide can be applied around existing plants without damaging them; however, this also means that it won’t be effective against existing weeds either.


We apply our pre-emergent, Specticle, at the label’s rate of 12oz per acre in order to reach our goal of 4 months of control over weeds! As for the weeds that already exist, we’ll use a combination of spraying Roundup and good ol’ fashion hand pulling to take care of those.


Our Chemical Technition: Bob Charette

Sunday, May 10, 2015

THE PLAYERS Championship 2015: A Walk With Director of Agronomy Tom Vlach, CGCS


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THE PLAYERS Championship 2015 Agronomy Staff and Volunteer Highlights

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