Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Link to a great post on this winter issues

Merry Christmas!!



 I am concerned about this latest thaw.  I like to walk the course every day to be honest this year has been the easiest in many years no need for the snow shoes.  What I have found, is alarming to say the least. This week, I noticed  the poa annua has broken dormancy in many areas and is starting to grow.  For us nothing to worry to much about since this grass is undesirable here  most is isolated in the fairways and tees. Breaking dormancy a few times over the course of a winter doesn't seem like a good thing to me.  But there are a lot of courses that poa annua is desired.  The one good thing is the extended forecast is not at this point calling for a extreme temperature change.  I think if the temperature were to drop dramatically, we could lose turf.  I do not think I have really seen a situation like this in many years.  I do not see any disease on the bentgrass turf yet but there is very active snow mold in the untreated areas on the course right now.  On the good note we do not have any standing water on the course mainly because the lack of frost in the ground.  Dr Paul Koch from the research facility down the road has done a lot of research on Snow mold disease. At this point he is saying to sit back and not reapply.  He is saying not too reapply plant protection right now for snow mold  http://www.turfdiseases.org/northcentral/does-a-winter-thaw-mean-you-need-to-reapply-snow-mold-fungicides/

There is nothing that we can do that hasn't been done already.  Right now, I do not want to give out any predictions but I know we did everything possible in the fall to give us an advantage, I will take 30 below any day to what is happening right now.


Here is another link to a blog of a colleague at Bullseye Golf Club addressing his concerns right now.
http://bullseyegreensblog.blogspot.com/


Neil

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.  Before you know it we will be back out playing golf.

It was nice seeing a big group at the holiday party last evening,  Thank you all for your nice compliments regarding the golf course and the work that we do.  It is a pleasure taking care of Hawks Landing for such a great group of members.

I have been very busy on the golf course the last few days,  I have completed clearing the creek on 9, 11/17 and 16.  I sprayed all these this fall and had very good control of the undesirable grasses.  I feel it is improtant to furure stress these grases by cutting them down to the ground,  I would suspect that the creeks will look very good next year.











We are also working very hard on the equipment maintenance,  side of things believe it or not this golf cart is 14 years old.



Neil

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Update 12/10

This will be the last update for the 2014 golf season looking back sure has been a great year.  I hope that everyone will have a safe and happy holidays and I look forward to seeing everyone at our Holiday party next week.

The weather over the last few weeks has been very nice almost too nice honestly,  I would much prefer to have the ground frozen and a nice coat of snow to protect the turf.  Right now the golf course is in very good shape we do have a little snow left on the course that will most likely melt after this weekend.  One thing that we will be watching out for is any standing water that may refreeze on the putting greens.  The approaches that we lowered over the last few years and this fall are working well.  You can see in the photo of 4 green that the water is running off the green. Ice formation right now will not be very good long term so we will remove any standing water after this weekend.




A winter project that I always try to do late in the year is clearing trees that are problematic.  This winter has been prefect weather to be outside.  I am taking full advantage of this and doing as much as possible.  The pond edges on 6,7,8 have been cleared, we are currently working on clearing both side of the creek going up 9 also
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I spent the last 3 days clearing around the pump house between 10/18.  We have a lot of brush yet to pick up but I plan on clearing everything out and seeding this area to fescue in the spring.  You will notice that I removed a few willows trees on the edge of the creek on 18,  I left 2 trees that will block the site line to the pump house but now you will have a nice look at the green from the left side of the fairway.

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I am also removing a lot of the dead cherry trees along the creek of 10.  There is also a nice line of site left of the fairway now.  I will continue to work my way thru the woods removing the dead trees.  I am not taking down any trees that are in good shape.




As you can tell we are certainly making some nice progress on the golf course that we would normally not be able to do in most winters.

Neil







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