Thursday, April 30, 2015

END OF APRIL --LET'S GO MAY FLOWERS

As we get to the end of April we are making progress but it is slow.  It's like waiting for a pot of  water to boil.   In a word,  we need -- "Warmth"--.   The turf covers can only do so much.  We need to get the soil temperatures up in to the 50's for a couple of weeks before we see some real germination.  We have started taking plugs from our nursery and everything is seeded.   Progress is slow.

With Soil Temperatures low.  Seed will not germinate.  





15 green as of this week.  Getting better but slowly,


















Closer view of 15 green.
















Just to see how far we have come---this picture was taken on April 6th.  
We do have a couple of things that are in our favor over last year:     

·         Our irrigation system is up and running.   Last year we didn’t have water until May 8th      because we were working on the new pump house.  This year it  has been easier keeping seed moist. 
·         We have a nursery this year.  Last year our nursery was too young to use plugs because we had just expanded it.   We have already taken some plugs and used them on 14, 2, and 12 greens
·         The damage is not as severe.  Except for 15 green most of the areas are “spotty”.  With  warm weather we can get the seed to germinate and fill in areas. 

·         15 green is our worst green it is worse than last year but not as bad as 14 was.  It is hard to pick an opening date because we really need some warm weather.  We will keep you posted on how things develop.  We appreciate your patience and are doing everything possible to get things back to what we expect.  






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......