Get rid of those weeds and dandelions like a golf course pro

It is spring time and the weeds and dandelions are showing up in full force.  After a round of golf the other day I was going to stop by Lowe’s or Home Depot and pick up some products for the yard.  I was thinking something for weeds would be good for this time of year.  While I was playing I started to wonder how a golf course which is so large keeps the weeds out and the grass looking great.

After the round I decided to swing by the grounds crew area and see if I could get any tips on how to keep my yard a bit nicer, dandelion and weed free.  There was one guy there and he had some information that seemed like it would be helpful so I figured we would let our RealGolfTalk readers hear it too.  Maybe you could use some of these tips on your own yard.

Fist of he said it’s important to understand there is a difference between the expectations of a golf course and your yard at home.  That is why they have full time employees to look after it.  You probably do not have a full time yard maintenance person at your house.  Also, it’s important to understand that it is a process so that you do not get frustrated and give up.

This is the process.

  1. Get on the Scotts Program for your yard.  It’s a pretty decent program that keeps things simple
  2. Mow your grass often.  At least one time a week but preferably two times a week in heavy growing times.
  3. Keep your grass at least 3” long.  Most people cut the grass to short which allows more light in low for weeds to grow.
  4. Over seed in the fall.
  5. Put down nitrogen based fertilizer in the spring and treat for broadleaf weeds in the spring as well.  Preferably two applications, one in early spring and one in late spring.

This process could take about two full years to really get to the sweat spot.  After one year you will see significant changes.  Don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t happen overnight.

If you don’t have time to take care of your yard the other option is to hire a lawn service.  That also gives you more time to be out there golfing.  We have even found a way to save money from your golf rounds to use on your lawn service.  Discounted Tee Times

Enjoy your yard and enjoy those golf courses.

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