Saturday, March 12, 2016


It technically still is winter but I am not telling Mother Nature that.  The above average temperatures have made for some nice days to be outside and working on the course.   We mowed greens today for the first time since we let them grow higher to prepare them for the winter.  For March, they are rolling pretty good.  This time of year the grass on the greens has different colors.  Without getting technical, different types of grass have colonized certain areas. This can be from sun, shade, dry, or wet but in our case it is grasses that have survived the past couple of harsh winters we have had.  These areas (especially on greens) have a different color and texture and now dominate where we had winter injury.   Once things warm up they will blend in, matching the other grasses we have on our greens.  . 

Last week, I spent a day in Albany with many of my fellow colleagues lobbying our assembly and senators for some changes in our laws.  One issue that we propose is allowing us to use less than label rates.  What’s that mean?   Currently, the label is the law so if we are applying a pesticide that says we need to use 4 ounces per thousand square feet that is as low a rate as we can use.   There are products that when combined complement one another.  When mixed, we would use less of both products.  We would be able to use fewer products, which is better for the environment and saves money. 

Area on 15 green that is now dominated by "Bent" grass.

This is the approach to 14 green.  It was sodded last year with bent grass and has a
different color.  As things warm up it will match the rest of the course.