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Lee Bladen's Turf Talk

May 07, 2012

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PLEASE TAKE CAUTION WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND PETS, FUMIGANT IS A CHEMICAL, AND  WILL BE APPLIED TO THE BELOW INDICATED AREAS. As of last week, we have removed all the sod and 6" of greens mix on practice greens 1, 2, and 3, the north chipping green, and the maintenance nursery green in the Golf Studio Area. The above left photo  shows the removal process. Once the greens mix was removed, new clean material was placed back into the cavity on the green indicated in the above right photo. We are now ready to sterilize the new soil by using a process called Fumigation. The fumigation on the prepped greens will take place tomorrow afternoon, Friday May 4th, 2012. Soil fumigation is a soil sterilization process similar to tenting a house for termites. It is one process in greens renovation that is recommended by the United States Golf Association Greens Division and the number one choice among golf course superintendents, builders and architects. The targeted pests in this procedure are diseases, nematodes, weeds, weed seeds, and noxious grasses. The fumigation process will be handled by TriEst Ag Group a leader in fumigation for almost 50 years. Their applicators are certified and have an impeccable safety record. When properly applied by certified applicators the fumigant Methyl Bromide is proven to be the safest and most effective broad spectrum soil fumigant on the market. Methyl bromide is the most widely used soil fumigant to treat high value turf areas such as golf courses, athletic fields, sod farms and  tobacco farms. Each area treated will have a sealed cover to contain the fumigant within the designated area. Once the area is treated the covers remain in place for 5 days. The covers are removed, and the soil is allowed to vent for an additional 2 days. Each area treated will be posted with safety signs notifying people to stay clear. Please be aware that this process is underway. It is important that everyone stays a reasonable distance from the area treated and exhibit caution.  


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