Arizona Croquet Club
ACC Lawn Rebuilding
Kraft court rebuilding:
The Kraft croquet court is under repair to restore the health of the Bermuda
grass. Over the period of about a decade, the soil becomes compacted,
the root system weakens and the grass is easily attacked by numerous
diseases. One of the most difficult to control is Pearlscale. This
bug lives 3-5" below the surface, periodically surfacing to feast on Bermuda
grass in late spring. For the past few years, the Bermuda grass was
heavily attacked along the west side of the lawn.
The rebuilding process involves agressive chemical treatments, turning the
soil over, releveling and letting the Bermuda grass regrow from the left
over roots turned over in the process. The timing of the chemical treatments
correspond with the emergence of the Pearlscale. Merit was applied
prior to and during the soil turning to work the chemical into the soil.
Ideally the soil turning and releveling is accomplished in the same
day, but in our case, this took 3 days to complete. Some of the roots
may have dried out during this extended period of exposure.
The next step in the process is to let the grass re-establish its base. The
grass will spread laterally through the root complex.
Photos from June 11
Here is part of the old lawn - half of the rubbish that was removed.
The new lawn will take another 2 months to establish itself. Constant
watering cycles are key to keeping the soil moist.
East side of lawn (June 11th).
West side of lawn (June 11).
Ren leveling the railroad ties along the new east boundary.
Photos from July 10
West side of lawn (July 10).
East side of lawn (July 10).
In the sparse sections, grass is beginning to establish itself (July 10).
In the denser sections, the lawn is beginning to fill in (July 10).
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last updated 10 July 2004