Summer has arrived across the United States and golfers are flocking to their local courses expecting to see perfection. Some courses are dealing with above normal rains and others are faced with drought conditions. This seems to be the norm these days. We just can’t find a happy median where the weather and turf conditions are in sync. The Winter of 2012 was the warmest on record and many courses opened early only to get kicked in the pants with ice and snow weeks later. Here in Miami, we are 15 inches above our normal rain fall and today Naples just declared a new level of water restrictions because of the lack of rain.
Finally this week we had one day with no rain, so we took advantage of it and sprayed our fairways with Primo Maxx. This is about a month behind schedule and our turf is growing like crazy. Primo is a key product for Syngenta and it works wonders on Bermudagrass. Primo slows the vertical shoot growth and promotes lateral growth. I spray my Tif-Eagle greens every Friday with 3 oz per acre of Primo to mange green speed and overall plant health. We applied 8 oz per acre of Primo and 1 gal per acre of Harrells Minors to our fairways to shut them down and green them up. In July, we will spray them again at a 10 oz rate and in August max out a 12 oz rate. September’s application is back to a 8 oz rate.
Primo cuts down on labor, reduces the use of fuel, and stops mower disruptions during peak season of play. Turf quality improves and the roots grow deeper. Get into that chemical room today and mix up a load of Primo. You will be happy you did.