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Death to Smoochy August 28, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Graham J. Wieja @ 11:24 am

Procumbent Pearlwort on several to most greens at Belvedere Golf and Country Club. A very aggressive weed becoming more and more prevalent on Prince Edward Island. Several local courses have undergone complete re-sodding of select greens plagued with this weed commonly mistaken by members as “poa”.


Aggressive plugging out of pearlwort and replugging with bent from the nursery has shown to be effective in small areas, however the problem is too widespread. Tank mixes of straight mecoprop at a rate of 1 oz/ M sure did get its attention. In order to smoke it outright go a little heavier, a weeks time your greens will show more imperfections than you would’ve imagined. This issue certainly needs to be rectified as ball roll, ball speed, and greens consistency is becoming greatly affected.


Fusarium patch in August? August 16, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Graham J. Wieja @ 3:42 am

Nineteen out of Thirty-one days Charlottetown saw rain in the month of July. Hand watering hoses have been silent. It’s been a very cool and wet summer and there are indications of Fusarium (michrodochium) patch on a few greens. The orange-bronze mycelial ring is an indication of the Fusarium caused by the same fungus that causes pink snow mould, michrodochium nivale. Belvedere Golf club has seen a lot of traffic despite the wet weather so disease suppression on the poa annua greens isn’t strange for this time of the year. Fusarium or Michrodochium patch is surprising however. Generally you see it in the late fall around October or so. Dollar spot is active but we’ve seen very little suppression to date.