Tuesday, September 7, 2010
golf course update
Today, We started to verticut the white and maroon tees. You may have noticed some scalping on only the whites and maroon tees also these tees are puffy and quite thatchy. I feel the best reason for this is that these tees just do not get the traffic as the blues and blacks. We removed quite a bit of material and plan on verticutting the teees again in the next few weeks. I will also start to core aerate the tees tomorrow. We are using a 1/4 inch hollow tine that will remove about 3% of the total area of the tee. This should in conjunction with the verticutting help firm the tees up substantially.
I will also core aerate the greens this month. I will use this same tine for this process. I will most likely complete a few greens each week starting the week of the 13th. My goal would be to complete 3-6 along with the tees that week. the week of the 20th I would complete the front nine along with the putting green and the following week compete the back nine. I have not core aerifed the greens as a whole in 10 years only completing a hand full. This year the greens reached a threshold of excess amount of organic matter and in turn could impact the greens performance next year if this is not addressed. Using a 1/4 tine should not effect the playability of the green to a great extent. I will apply an organic fertilizer to help with recovery but as in the tees only 3% of the surface effected.
thank you, and I hope that you will be able to enjoy the great fall like weather.
Posted by Neil Radatz CGCS