Friday, May 10, 2013

SOME RAIN-SOME SUN-JUST WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED

10 green lighter color is bent grass
The course really greened up over the past couple of days.  It is amazing what a little rain and sunshine can do.  I had a couple of questions regarding some discoloration on a few of our greens.  This is actually due to the ice damage that we had two years ago.  Our greens are a combination of Poa's and Bent grasses.    When we had the ice damage only one type of grass survived (the Bents)   and these have come to dominate the areas.





close up view

 

Once the weather gets warmer the growth patterns of the different grasses will even out.  So not to worry.  We don't have any major disease issues or any thing else.  It's just mother nature at work. 











Notice any blue lines on the course?   If you do, it is because we are going to extend some of the native areas by using the new paths as borders.  These native areas will be seeded to either a wild flower mix or grass mix.  These native areas help save money, add habitat for wild life, improve aesthetics, and add strategy to the game.  Because they are started from seed they will take a year or two to become established and function like we want them to.       

Our annual bird watch is tomorrow.  Grab an application from the pro shop and write down all the birds you see on the course.   A couple of years ago we did not see a hawk so we couldn't count them.
You don't need to be an expert, just be in the right place at the right time. 

blue line by 3 green tee. 
 


Hope this guy hangs around for tomorrow.  he is a rose-breasted grosbeak.