|Photo taken on April 19, 2016|
Sting (Belonolaimus longicaudatus) variety. Nematodes are microscopic, non-segmented worms which feed on the root system of plants in various ways, all leading to the injury and/or demise of the turfgrass. In the case of the Sting nematode they feed by inserting a stylet into the plant root much like a mosquito into a human and suck out the plant juices. By the time the symptoms are observed on the surface the damage has been done below. We normally treat for nematodes from March through October but with the warm weather this winter the nematodes did not enter dormancy, or hibernation, as they usually do. This was an abnormal year and I simply was not thinking of nematode control during the Christmas season. This has been a wake up call for us and we will, from now on, be on a 12 month preventative control program for these little pests.
|Photo taken on May 21, 2016|
Time to Reset we will be doing more cultural practices on the greens to help improve their health and ability to withstand the pressures placed on them from weather, play, maintenance practices, disease pressures, and other forces such as nematode activity. This may include additional venting and quad tine core aerifications, spiking, shallow and deep verticutting of greens, and additional applications of sand topdressings. All designed to improve the health of our greens by revigorating our 12 year old Champion greens with new, stronger, healthier plants.