Friday, April 17, 2015

BETTER THAN LAST YEAR !!!!!

I was comparing last year to this year and came across these pictures and thought I would share.  Last year on this date we received a couple of inches of snow.  We need warm weather for recovery. At least its warmer today!! 


Last year on this date.   

Thursday, April 16, 2015

MID APRIL: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY

This week we finally got some warm weather.  "THE GOOD" :  Whatever is looking better will probably recover in a few weeks.  'THE BAD":   If things aren't looking better it's time to prepare for the worse.   "UGLY" : The damaged areas look worse compared to the dark green grass.

Unfortunately we will be playing a temporary green on 15 for sometime to come.  It is by far our most damaged green and keeping it closed for play is critical until the new seedlings mature.  15 green  plus other damaged areas on greens will remain covered with a fabric that holds in moisture and heat to help seed germinate.  All greens have been fertilized, and seeded.  Some areas may be sodded with plugs taken from our nursery.   We will be mowing slightly higher and increasing fertilizer applications on all our greens for the next month to promote the grass to spread into damaged areas. We monitor the areas daily and are doing everything we can to speed up the recovery process.  Please be patient.  We have had two severe winters in a row.

areas were verticut in two directions to create "grooves" in soil for seed.  


Next, areas were aerified to allow seed to fall into holes.  
Close up view of process:  Then area is seeded and cleaned off.  
Clean Green that has been seeded.  


Area is covered with fabric to keep warm and retain moisture.



Saturday, April 4, 2015

WINTER INJURY UPDATE:

Another slow start to the golf season.  For this post, I will let the pictures tell the story.  

# 8 green.  Has some damage back left.  













# 18 green has a small spot center- rear of green. 









14 green today,  we seeded and covered two areas to help speed recovery.   I added the picture below to compare to last year.    
This is from Last year.  


Close up view.   Hard to see because of topdressing.


Larger areas will be seeded and covered.  Smaller areas may just be sodded.   We need some good old fashion warm weather to promote recovery.   Hopefully this happens sooner than later.   Stay tuned......   



  

Friday, March 27, 2015

GETTING CLOSER TO SPRING " WEATHER THAT IS".

I am changing Ground Hog day to Ground Hog Season.   Did we not go through this last year?   Will this white stuff ever melt?    I guess it could be worst.  Actually last year was worse!!  At this point I am not 100 percent sure we have escaped with out any winter injury but I am sure we do not have the amount of injury that we had last year.   We are gearing up for the arrival of the seasonal staff.  A few are scheduled to return Monday.   I am anticipating opening at least the front side some time next week.  At least enough snow melted so we could get to the pump house.  We are using some of the extra space to store our irrigation parts.   We finished up removing some of the invasive grasses by the ninth tee.   To help move things along we shoveled the snow off of  10, 8, 15, and 2 greens this week.  I'm going to make a few phone calls today to the staff and make sure they are ready to return for another season.  Next up,  getting ready to open.


Installing shelves for Irrigation parts in the pump house


Finishing up burying some invasive grasses by 9 tee.  We started this last year and had to stop because of the weather.  
Happy to report we have a nesting owl on the course!!!!
Tried to zoom in for a better picture a little fuzzy but you can make out a chick next to the mother.  I should report that it is a Great Horned Owl.  They have been known to nest in old hawk nests which is what happened here.  By the time the hawks want to use the nest again, the Owls will be long gone.  Isn't nature amazing.