Agronomic Specifications in South Carolina

Agronomics Specifications in Hilton Head Island SC

General guidelines for golf course lawn care

Greens

  1. Mowing- mowed daily at height conducive to conditions; altering directions daily.
    Pin Locations will be changed daily.
  2. Aerification- core aerification as needed to provide healthy turf; deep aerifiction performed once during growing season.
  3. Verticutting/Spiking- performed as needed throughout the growing season.
  4. Fertilization- greens grade fertilizer and liquid fertilizer supplement will be applied based upon soil and tissue analysis, growing season, and agronomic experience.
  5. Top Dressing- performed as needed throughout the growing season and accompanying aerification and verticutting with material that meets existing soil profile analysis.
  6. Weed Management- pre and post emergent herbicides will be used to maintain a virtually weed free environment.
  7. Disease Management- preventative and curative fungicides will be used to maintain healthy turf.
  8. Pest Management- Integrated Pest Management Program will be dictated by insect activity.

Tees

  1. Mowing- mowed a minimum of three days a week. Dependent upon weather conditions and time of year.
  2. Tee Set Up- daily rotation of markers to coincide with pin placements to provide uniform yardages. Trash receptacles and ball washers will be maintained daily.
  3. Aerification- all tees will be aerified a minimum of three times per year.
  4. Verticutting/ Spiking- performed as needed throughout the growing season.
  5. Fertilization- granular and liquid fertilizers will be applied throughout growing seasons based upon soil analysis.
  6. Topdressing- performed as needed throughout the growing season and accompanying aerification and verticutting. Divots are to be maintained on a daily basis.
  7. Weed Management- pre and post emergent herbicides as well as mechanical controls will be used to maintain a virtually weed free turf.
  8. Insect Management- Integrated Pest Management Program will be dictated by insect activity.
  9. Overseeding- all tees will be seeded with a perennial rye grass blend at recommended rates. Additional seed will be applied as needed throughout the winter months.

Fairways

  1. Mowing- fairways will be mowed a minimum of three times per week during the growing season (subject to weather conditions) and as needed during the winter months. Growth regulators can be used to keep the turf in manageable conditions.
  2. Aerification- all fairways will be aerified twice per growing season. Additional aerification will be determined by agronomic consideration.
  3. Verticutting- performed as needed to maintain proper thatch levels.
  4. Fertilization- granular and liquid fertilizer application will be based on soil and tissue analysis and time of year.
  5. Pest Management- Integrated Pest Management Program will be dictated by insect activity.

Bunkers

  1. Raking- mechanical raking will take place daily.
  2. Edging- to insure a manicured appearance the bunkers will be edged every two weeks during the growing season.
  3. Mowing- maintaining bunker faces one time per week during growing season.

Tree Maintenance

  1. Pruning of all trees and plant material under 15 feet will be done on an annual basis to insure good health and appearance.
  2. Damaged tree removal and trees greater than 15 feet will be performed by a licensed Arborist.

Landscape Areas

  1. Clean Up-golf course and clubhouse grounds will be policed daily for trash and debris.
  2. Weed Management- plant beds and tree rings shall be maintained virtually weed free using both chemicals applied by licensed applicator and mechanical controls.
  3. Insect/Disease Management- Integrated Pest Management Program shall be used by licensed applicator, to control insect infestations.
  4. Edging- trim around all plant beds, curbs, street, trees, buildings etc. and remove debris immediately, as needed.
  5. Fertilization- plant beds, shrubs, woody ornamental and ground covers shall be fertilized twice annually at recommended rates.
  6. Mulching- beds shall be maintained with three inches of material specified.

Landscape Maintenance (non-golf course)

  1. Clean Up- clubhouse and parking areas shall be policed daily for trash and other debris.
  2. Weed Management- plant beds and three rings shall be maintained virtually weed free using both chemicals applied and mechanical controls.
  3. Insect/Disease Management- Integrated Pest Management Program shall be used to control insect infestations.
  4. Fertilization- plant beds, shrubs, woody ornamentals, and ground covers shall be fertilized twice annually at recommended rates.
  5. Flower Beds- clubhouse entrance and containers shall be planted with appropriate plant material.
  6. Mowing- mowed a minimum of once a week.

Irrigation System/Drainage

  1. Irrigation System – Yearly inspection of the entire system shall be conducted and necessary repairs made.
  2. Sprinkler Heads – Routine inspections will be conducted and necessary repairs made.
  3. System Failures – Daily inspections of the golf course will be made to locate any pipe ruptures and immediate repairs shall be made.
  4. Pump Station – A professional irrigation pump technician shall conduct an annual preventative maintenance service to all pumps, control valve, and control panel. Maintenance staff shall conduct daily inspections of the pump station and maintain records on water usage and pump failures.
  5. Pump station shall be cleaned weekly.
  6. Drainage – All drain grates shall be kept clean and free of debris.

Cart Paths/Bridges/Fences

  1. Damage/Debris – Paths and bridges shall be maintained clean and free of debris. They shall be routinely inspected and damage repaired.
  2. Edging/Limbing – All overhanging limbs shall be trimmed up above ten feet. All curbs shall be edged on a biweekly basis.
  3. Paint/Decking – Bridge railings shall be painted on an annual basis and decking shall be kept in good repair.
  4. Fences – Routine inspection shall be conducted and immediate repairs made.

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