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.