If you don't prevent the geese from pairing up and nesting in the early spring, they will stay in the immediate nesting area until the goslings have hatched, the adults have regained their flight feathers, and the adults have taught the goslings to fly. The proper application is critical for success, so be sure to read the How to Apply instructions carefully. THE ROUGH and THE FAIRWAY ARE TREATED DIFFERENTLY BECAUSE THERE IS LESS GRASS SURFACE TO SPRAY IN THE FAIRWAY.
A GOLF COURSE STRATEGY
1) Determine the specific sites on your course where geese tend to feed. The number of
sites will vary from a few to several depending on course layout and bird pressure.
These sites are usually a small area of the fairway often near water and usually have a high level of droppings.
NOTE: Geese may walk across a green to feed around a green but don't generally feed on the green (if they feed on the green call us) - therefore there usually is no need to spray the green.
2) If the grass is dormant, apply anytime. If the grass is growing, treat right after mowing to extend treatment. It should last for one to two mowings, depending on the time of year.
3) Treat a site as required to discourage the geese from returning. In the fall and early spring, when the grass isn't growing, a treatment will last longer. If you start treatments after the grass is growing you have to treat more often to discourage the geese.
4) A year around program will require 6 - 10 treatments depending on the number of sites and bird pressure. The area requiring treatment can often be reduced after the first few treatments.
5) If the geese move to another site, treat that area immediately. If the geese return to the originally sprayed site, retreat immediately.
6) The total area requiring treatment will usually be a small portion of the course - probably 5 - 10 acres. THE APPLICATION RATE FOR THE ROUGH IS DIFFERENT THAN THE RATE FOR THE FAIRWAY
ROUGH: The Rough will required a treatment rate of one gallon of FlightControl per acre the first time and 0.5 gallons per acre for follow ups mixed in 15-25 gallons of water and sprayed with a fine tipped nozzle. See equipment recommendations on www.flightcontrol.com. Misapplication is the major cause of treatment failure.
FAIRWAY: The Fairway will require only 0.15 gallons of FlightControl per acre in 3.0 gallons of water or 1.0 gallon of FlightControl in twenty gallons of water will treat 6.7 acres of Fairway. You may need to apply to the Fairway where geese were present every week or two initially. It may take 10 - 15 Fairway treatments per year. You only need to treat the Fairway areas where the geese were present.
7) You can minimize usage by observing conditions daily, particularly early morning and in the evening and reacting quickly. Often limited treatment of these areas can discourage the geese and be very cost effective.
8) 8) Using the MRSP for one gallon of FlightControl of $295 per gallon, it would require $295 to treat one acre of Rough and the same price to treat 6.7 acres of Fairway per treatment. Obviously FlightControl is very cost effective when being used to protect the Fairway and the good golfers. Note that one could spray 10 acres of Fairway ten times for less than $4,400 per year.
NOTE: A small flock can damage the turf, leave droppings and require significant cost to repair. The proper use of FlightControl will provide a cost effective solution. However, we have had some golf courses decide to treat a larger area routinely to have a goose free course and add $1 - 2 per round to the green fees to cover the cost of a goose free course.
9) If you have any questions call 1-877-554-3373
We find golf course superintendents and greenkeepers are creative with treatment approaches. If you develop a unique treatment procedure at your course, please share it with us by sending an email to: info@FlightControl.com