Friday, February 25, 2011

Ice concerns on greens

I am concerned about Ice damage on our greens.  Greens can be covered by ice for approximately 45 to 60 days with out causing any damage.  Last week was the 60 day mark.  In order to try and prevent any damage we started removing the ice and snow that we could with out causing any damage to the greens.  Mother nature can be very fickle when it comes to ice damage.  We still don't exactly understand how or what kills the turf.  Sometimes removing the ice can cause more damage.   I feel we are at that time frame that if we do remove the ice we would be risking more damage than if we did nothing.  Time will tell. 

removing ice from 14 green

15 green

15 green after snow removal

8 green snow and ice removal 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

2010 A Great Environmental Year

Last year I had the pleasure of helping GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America) environmental EDGE web-site.   Each month a environmental Case study was submitted from another Superintendent and I would comment and offer advice.  I am pictured here with Mark Johnson from GCSAA.   I met some wonderful people and would like to say thanks to them for all the help they gave me.  There are some tremendous things happening on golf courses all over this great country and I am happy to have been involved, and hopefully help our cause.