Fertilizer Application

I hope all of you are enjoying this weather we have been having since the end of January. The course responded beautifully after that cold spell we experienced in early January. The greens are rolling great and the course is nice, healthy and lush. We are continuing to work diligently to provide you top playing conditions at all times and hope sincerely that each of you are enjoying the conditions we have been able to provide this season. We have been fertilizing the course regularly and have been working with some new vendors on various blends that will give us the response we are looking for as well as saving the club money wherever possible. Through some of these trials we have found products that worked great and others that did not produce the way we had hoped. If you have played golf recently you may have noticed some odd-looking little bleach spots on the tees and fairways.

These spots are from a fertilizer application we made on Monday and Tuesday last week. It is called fertilizer burn. While that term sounds very bad, I can assure you that it is not as bad as it sounds. Fertilizer burn usually happens with sulfate products in fertilizer. Sulfate can burn the turf if the right environmental conditions are present. Usually when iron sulfate or ammonium sulfate, the two most common threats for fertilizer burn, applications are made it requires watering the fertilizer in. While we did water the fertilizer in as required, the dew set back in heavy, unexpectedly and cause a chemical reaction with the fertilizer that caused these little burn spots on the turf. While it is a little unsightly, it will be short lived. The turf should grow out of the issue quickly and the spots should disappear within a week or so. The grass is very healthy and growing very fast right now so we should see a quicker healing of the turf than we normally would this time of year. We have already contacted the vendor and resolved this issue so we can make sure this issue, hopefully with not happen again. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work hard to correct the issue and we hope that all of you continue to enjoy your wonderful golf course.

2 thoughts on “Fertilizer Application

  1. Mo Winograd

    Is anyone paying attention to making sure the fertilizers being used are not the toxic ones contributing to the blue/green algae problem?

    1. Yes we are very careful as to the fertilizers we select to use on the golf course. Phosphate fertilizers are the main culprit of the the blue/green algae problem and they are actually banned and illegal in the state of Florida. Also we us as many organic fertilizers as possible so that no matter where the fertilizer ends up it will not be toxic to the wildlife or any habitat. Given that we are an Audubon certified golf course and want to stay certified we are very careful as to all the fertilizers and chemicals we select to use. We are always conscious and make sure to protect the golfers, the environment and all the wildlife at all times with everything we do.

      Thank you for your concerns and your questions.

      Sincerely,
      Benjamin S. Hanshew
      Spring Run Golf Club
      Superintendent

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