What a great week we had. All the snow mold fungicides have been applied. I believe we applied our protection at the prefect time. I also applied an organic based fertilizer to the greens and top dressed all the greens with a light coating of sand. The sand will not be broomed it will work down into the canopy. I feel that we did all we could do to prepare the golf course for winter. Everything that I have done since the beginning of September has been to give the turf the upper hand in winter survival. Now all we have to do is hope that Mother nature will be kind to the golf course. .
This week we also core aerated all the drains on the golf course. I have noticed some troubling thatch in the fairways. I have not core aerated the fairway in 10 years instead we have use the spiker to open up some airways. We have been able to manage the organic matter in the fairways very well by not over applying nutrients to promote excess growth but for some reason this year we have really increased the amount of thatch in the fairways. Most likely the humid, wet, hot weather. I believe its almost to the point of being out of control. We may start to experience turf decline in the fairway if we do not address this issue next year and be fairly aggressive with it.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I am sure thankful to work for such great team and really enjoy taking care of Hawks Landing for the members