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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.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Roundup Spray Update

The round up application marks a new phase for the golf course.  I knew it was going to feel strange killing off the existing turf, however the scope of work and the necessity of being thorough heightens those feelings.

#14 August 21st 2012. One day after roundup spray.
By the weekend we will see alot of yellow.

Approximately 80% of the course was completed Monday, leaving delicate areas to finish with small sprayers.  The last 20% is tedious but it is imperative that these areas are addressed so that they don't become the sources of contamination as we grow in the new grass.

The likely hood of tracking roundup onto the green once it has dried is very remote, but because there is a very small possibility we are taking every precaution. The areas around greens will be dried for a day before anything is allowed on the greens. Mowers and players included.  Greens mowing and rolling will be reduced this week because of the round up, and that will result in slower green speeds. Keeping equipment off the greens for a couple of extra days is a small price for the assurance that there will be no damage from wheels that have traveled through the sprayed turf.

Look for updates here in a couple of days as I monitor the effectiveness of our application.


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