Weeds are always an unwelcomed sight on any well-kept golf course. Any superintendent knows that keeping common golf course weeds under control is a challenge. Not taking proactive steps to control them will lead to a never-ending battle against them. The most common weeds are the ones that have a tendency to run rampant. Valley Green serves the needs of superintendents of several northeast golf courses. We keep several products in stock for our golf course customers to keep the common golf course weeds in check.
Here are the 5 most common golf course weeds.
Crabgrass: This summer annual is an unwelcome sight on any course. It thrives in the summer sun and hot weather. It is also extremely hard to get rid of unless you use a pre-emergent weed control product. Once you see crabgrass, you must take control immediately or you will be fighting a losing battle.
Goosegrass: This pesky weed actually has the ability to lie down as you pass a mower over it. It springs right back up when the mowing is done. Goosegrass spreads seeds by the wind so it is extremely difficult to eradicate. Hand weeding and then applying a post-emergent treatment is the most effective.
Clover: This weed will grow and spread quickly if there is a wet spring. The best way to control clover is to actually start your control process in the fall. Using a broadleaf weed control in September, October or November should knock out all the weeds in one shot.
Bull Paspalum: This is a perennial grassy weed grows in unsightly clumps. It flowers during warmer months producing white flowers. This weed has just recently become more common in the northeast. To control it, you must dig the clumps out along with the roots and then apply a weed control treatment. You may have to reseed after to cover the bare spot pulling the weed out leaves behind.
False-green Kyllinga: This weed has become increasingly problematic in the northeast. It starts to grow in mid-July and may require treatments over a span of years as opposed to weeks to completely eradicate it. You may also have to use a combination of products as Kyllinga can become resistant to herbicide applications.