Those who attended the Turfgrass Talk Show session at the 2016 Golf Industry Show heard from Melvin Duke about the unique challenges he faces as superintendent at Toana Vista Golf Course in Wendover, Nevada.
Mel has seen it all in his career as a superintendent. “I’ve been in this industry since they invented dirt,” he likes to say. But his time at Toana Vista has provided him with some of his toughest challenges to date. Located just a few miles from the Utah border, Toana Vista is surrounded by the desert and salt flats of eastern Nevada – not an ideal place to be growing acres of turf. A Google Earth view shows the stark contrast between Toana Vista and the surrounding area.
To make matters worse, the course irrigates with low quality, reclaimed water. “Basically, every time someone flushes a toilet in the local casino, I get a gallon of water,” Mel half-jokes as we tour the course.
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This calcite layer needed to be eliminated for Mel’s turf to have a chance at recovering. Blast Sprayable, a unique acid formulation combined with Aquatrols Synergy Technology, was applied at 64 oz. per acre weekly until the problem was corrected, then applied at 64 oz. per acre monthly to keep the build-up from reoccurring. Mel used Sixteen90 at a low rate to help “flush” his greens after Blast applications.
Mel eventually instituted a monthly Revolution program on his greens to increase soil moisture uniformity once the calcite layer was completely eliminated.
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Is Blast right for your course? Talk to your Aquatrols distributor representative and consult Aquatrols Guide to Assessing and Managing Turfgrass Salinity Issues to find out. Remember, it’s important to c0nsistently monitor your soil and irrigation water quality for any changes that may affect your growing environment.