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Title:Creating a colorful course
Source:Golden State Fairways. Vol. 3, No. 2, March 1991, p. 6-8.
Publishing Information:Las Vegas: R/K Communications Group, Inc.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Color; Color varieties; Golf courses; Design
Abstract/Contents:"Color is expensive-by nature, color beds need to be replanted a minimum of twice a year, with rotations four times a year a necessity in some locations. Color plantings can also be unpredictable. Well-planned and maintained color plantings can be the talk of the club. Color hides faults, distracting the eye from problems while highlighting strong points. Three major factors are responsible for success with color plantings. The first is finding and developing a good relationship with a supplier, the second learning about what particular plants will grow the best in your area and third is proper planting and maintenance procedures. One of the best ways to find a quality grower is by referral. Time invested in searching out a quality grower is well spent. Cleanliness is an excellent tip-off for quality. For cool weather, pansies have shown the best overall performance, followed closely by Iceland poppies. Zinnias usually give up by the Fourth of July, while vinca has been plagued with root rot. Desert Horizons superintendent Mark Smith preps his flower beds with Turf N Tee, a redwood bark soil amendment, plus a "witches brew" fertilizer mix. He fertilizes three times during the growing season, and is on a preventative spray program for insects. In order to ensure that annual color lasts as long as possible, buying quality plants is essential. The root ball should fill the container, but not yet be a circling, solid mass. Look for compact plants that are just starting to show bud color for best longevity. Avoid plants in full bloom that are starting to grow to seed. Soil should be loose, and drain well. Proper soil preparation is essential to success with color. Be sure that the plants are well watered before planting to minimize transplant shock. The best way to discourage pests is to keep plants actively growing.
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
1991. Creating a colorful course. Golden State Fairways. 3(2):p. 6-8.
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