Monday, May 21, 2012

Zoysia Conversion on 12 Approach

We are able to purchase 600 yards of high quality Zoysia sod from Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club.  They have a 3 acre nursery on the golf course which they allowed us to harvest from. About 5 years ago the City of Kansas City converted the existing fairways and tees to Zoysia. The only ones that were not converted were 12 approach 16 approach and 13 Fairway.  With this sod we were able to purchase we are going to convert 12 approach (which is completed) and 16 approach. The previous approach was a mixed bag of Poa, tall fescue, perennial Ryegrass and a hint of Bermuda.
Existing approach on #12

 We started by stripping off the existing turf to prep the area for the Zoysia Sod.  We were able to save about half of the sod which we laid in  other areas on the course. Once all turf was removed we brought in carts full of soil that we used to level any low areas and shaved down any high spots.
Removal of existing turf
Once soil was brought in we aerified the area to remove some compaction, put down a starter fertilizer and finished the grading for sod.  This process was completed on Tuesday May 15th.

Finished Dirt work

On Wednesday May 16th, we loaded up the sod cutter and 2 trucks and headed over to Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club.  We had to cut the sod, pallet it, load it on the trucks and trailer and haul it back to Minor Park Golf Course.  It took 2 trips to get all the sod needed for the area.  In all it totaled 9 pallets of sod to completed this conversion.
Finished approach with zoysia

We plan on doing 16 approach starting on Tuesday May 22, 2012, so look for upcoming pictures of that project.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Redesign of Landscape Beds

Some of you may have seen the redesign of the landscape bed by #18 green.  When I first got here this bed was completed covered in weeds and sucker trees and the ornamental grasses were scattered all over the place.  We decided to save what grasses we could and replant them in a better looking pattern. we then stripped off all the sod and edged the bed. We finished the bed by adding fresh mulch to give it a clean look.

 We also addressed an issue at the driving range. Due to the amount of golfers hitting balls and setting on the benches to watch, the turf around the benches took a huge hit. So we decided to take out the dead turf and replace it around the benches with a mulch bed that will take the traffic of everyday use. As you can see in the picture we still have a lot of turf decline we have to address in the future. Our plan is to come up with a solution that will allow golfers access to the driving range tee without having to walk through the grass to get to it.

Nursery Green Construction 5-1-12

As you can see the original nursery was in rough shape, so we decided to take our brand new sod cutter and strip everything off to bare ground.

After removal of original sod, we began the process of leveling the green with a box blade, hand rakes, and a mechanical trap rake.
The next step after leveling the surface we began the process of prepping the soil with amendments and seeding it to pencross bentgrass.

We then took the trap rake and set the seed by using the knobs on the tires. Final step was putting a snow fence around it to keep out wildlife and Golfers!

This is a picture of the nursery greens on May 10, 2012.
10 days after seeding

New #7 Bridge

 About two months ago, an accident occurred off of 115th street on the south end of the golf course. The vehicle came through the fence and ...