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Los Gatos, California, United States
Kevin is currently the certified superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club. Kevin was the Director of Maintenance at Lahontan Golf Club for over 14 years. Some of the responsibilities over the expanse of his career include the daily upkeep of multiple golf courses, natural resources, environmental compliance, and roads and streets. The wide ranging expertise has come from a combination of education and experiences. Degrees in Meteorology (1987 University of Nebraska/Lincoln), and Horticulture (1992 Colorado State), complete the formal side of this important combination of qualifications. A lifetime of experience around golf courses, and the game of golf was provided by Kevin's father.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Bermuda grass Eradication

tall fescue and bermudagrass
One of the most significant obstacles to a successful turf conversion is to move away from the species that are considered undesirable, and Bermuda grass is near the top of most peoples list.  On south facing slopes during the heat of the summer, Bermuda grass can be very useful in maintaining a stand of healthy grass.  In most of these areas other grasses burn out due to heat and limited water.  Acknowledging that there are limited cases where Bermuda grass is desirable, the overall goal with a turf conversion is to get rid of it.  However, if you ask any expert in the horticulture field for a sure way to kill Bermuda grass they will not have a simple 100% way to do so.  All the research articles and publications I have read have best case scenarios of 90% control after months of treatment.  With that said, there is a lot of success found in treating and controlling Bermuda grass so that the playing surfaces on golf courses are in excellent shape and the undesirable traits of Bermuda grass are not present.

Bermuda grass emerging 2 weeks after spraying with round up