Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Update 7/15/14

Finally have some time that does not include pushing bunkers after rains and we are taking full advantage of this great weather to work on some detail projects.

We started to edge a few green side bunkers, add sand to bunkers and worked on adding mulch around some trees all in the last 2 days.  We also topdressed all the greens and approaches yesterday.  Topdressing is very important especially in the weather pattern we have been stuck in lately.  The turf grows very rapidly in the warm humid weather we have been having  and produces a lot of organic matter. This should be matched with sand to help dilute the organic matter. Topdressing helps keep the surface firm and help reducing excess thatch development.  This can be seen and felt in the softness of the tees especially the maroon and white tees.  Ideally, we would also topdress the tees but it is not in the budget to do so, and is also the main reason we will core aerate the tees in the spring and early fall.  My plans will be to topdress next week again on Monday and then we may move to applications every 2 weeks for the rest of the summer. Today, the greens really felt good and are very smooth.   The rough has been mowed up to 3 times per week over the last few weeks.  I know that we have had some excess clippings laying around, we have been doing our best to keep things as tidy as possible.

I sure hope that you are enjoying this polar vortex as much as the turf is.  The reduce stress on the turf is better for me that is for sure.

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