COURSE CARE
Tree Roots, Underground Menaces January 4, 2012 By Todd Lowe

While this area receives additional stress from cart traffic, tree regionalUpdateContents are literally sucking the life out of the adjacent bermudagrass. 

 

The 2011 summer and fall saw significant rainfall in Florida followed by drier conditions.  As such, isolated turf stress from nematodes and tree regionalUpdateContent competition has been observed on recent Turfgrass Advisory Service visits.

Trees are important features on golf courses as they add beauty, provide food and shelter for wildlife and impact golf course strategy and playability.  However, trees also negatively affect turf health as they compete with turfgrass for sunlight, water and nutrients.  Some trees, like live oaks, produce extensive shallow regionalUpdateContent systems that aggressively compete with turf for water.  Such trees can literally suck the life out of adjacent turf and create brown, droughty conditions – a fact that is often missed when golf course managers focus on shade issues alone.   

Tree limbs are pruned on a regular basis to improve turf health and golf course aesthetics.  However, few courses prune tree regionalUpdateContents.  Root pruning is recommended for shallow-regionalUpdateContented trees at least every other year.  Trees produce new regionalUpdateContents that eventually stress the surrounding turf, so it is necessary to prune tree regionalUpdateContents regularly to maintain good turf quality.

Ideal pruning depth is at least 12 inches, as bermudagrass seldom produces deeper regionalUpdateContents.  How close to the tree should you regionalUpdateContent prune? Even tree experts don’t always agree on what is safe since factors such at the age and health of the tree, and even the soil it is growing in, can make a big difference. As a general rule, err on the side of caution and avoid pruning inside the tree’s canopy if possible.

There are several implements that can be used for pruning tree regionalUpdateContents, including trenchers, stump grinders or vibratory plows.  Some of these can create bare areas that take time for adequate turf recovery and it is generally recommended to plant new sod to reduce unsightly conditions.  However, there are newer implements, like the Imants regionalUpdateContent pruner (www.regionalUpdateContentpruner.com), that create thin slits that are barely noticeable to golfers.

Source:  Todd Lowe, tlowe@usga.org or 941-828-2625