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woodycrest
04-02-2004, 01:36 AM
I ve been going thru my pics and found these that demonstrate the effectiveness of proper mowing to improve turf quality.
THese pics were taken in may 2002, and may 2003.
THis turf was not fertilized by anything but grass clippings, not mulched, just side discharged.

I look forward to the may 2004 pics....:)

woodycrest
04-02-2004, 01:38 AM
may 2003....looking better...

woodycrest
04-02-2004, 01:40 AM
Next one may 2002

woodycrest
04-02-2004, 01:42 AM
may 2003 looking good....

woodycrest
04-02-2004, 01:43 AM
the last may2002..

woodycrest
04-02-2004, 01:45 AM
last one may 2003...

Carolina Cutter
04-04-2004, 06:58 PM
I honestly think a lawn responds when it is properly taken care of. I took over a lawn two years ago, at the time it was really sparse and weedy. I have fertilized this lawn one time and just mulched or side discharged since and now the lawn is full and very healthy looking. It is one account I am very proud of.

ksland
04-04-2004, 07:54 PM
I don't understand the purpose of the thread?

woodycrest
04-04-2004, 08:35 PM
THe purpose is simple.

Something as simple as proper mowing practices with no other input can improve turf quality over time


I have been playing golf on this course ever since i was old enough to hold a golf club. The turf has never been this healthy.
It used to be totally covered in dandelions, there are still dandelions, but thier numbers have been drastically reduced.

i guess my point is that an organic program takes time to show its effectiveness, and the benefits are long lasting.

i did fertilize the greens with corn last year, but the greens are not the focal point in the pics.
This year i plan on fertilizing the fairways with corn and i expect some good results.

An organic program is a simple as proper mowing practices, that is the purpose of the thread.

Dave

yardmonkey
04-05-2004, 11:26 PM
Great posts and pics....

Like I've said here a few times - I think that mulch-mowing (or just not bagging) is the cornerstone of organic lawn care. It can be that simple. Does not have to be some expensive program of expensive fertilizers, etc. Just quit taking and taking and taking - leave the grass there. Let the soil build, let the worms eat.

It kills me to see giant trailers full of grass clippings hauled off every day - all the LCOs here bag all the grass.

I wonder what kind of grass that is and how often and at what height you are mowing it?

woodycrest
04-06-2004, 12:20 AM
According to stories i have heard over the years ( the course was built in 1925) the seed was harvested from the adjacent field and it was used to seed the golf course. As far as i know it has had no input outside of mowing(really bad mowing for a long time). I did some overseeding during the season last year, so i expect some big improvements this year. I think it is mostly bluegrass.

I overseeded the greens with highland bent grass two seasons ago and the again last fall... from the looks of it out there now, the bent is fully established and thickening.

The worm activity out there amazes me!!!

I have been mowing the fairways at 1.5'' The rough at 2.75'' and the greens are ready for reel mowing this year...i will probably mow them at .5''.

Keep in mind the scale of the course, .... only one club allowed(i prefer the 8 iron) Shortest hole is 33 yards, longest is 87, the greens average about 750 sqft. Par 27 and surprisingly challenging.

trying 2b organic
04-14-2004, 06:35 PM
Nice pics and good point about mowing height. Plz tell me what your overseeding rates for the fairway is. 8 lbs per k?

woodycrest
05-01-2004, 01:15 PM
heres another example
apr30 2002

woodycrest
05-01-2004, 01:20 PM
apr30 2004...from a different angle, but same turf...