Greens and Fairways are healing even though we have not had ideal weather. It has been hotter and dryer than normal. I would not mind at all seeing a few showers soak the course and fill the pond. Looking at this picture from the 1st tee you can hardly tell we aerified. Yesterday we were able to get a descent cut on fairways but we are still playing winter rules. We are mowing greens for the first time since aerification. That should help smooth things out a little more.
Close up of holes on greens. Should be almost closed by the end of the week. We fertilized yesterday to help speed up recovery.
I was on the first tee last week when it was pointed out to me that there is a worn cart path from 6 tee to 7 green. It looks like crap (put mildly)!!! It is caused by our maintenance vehicles taking a short cut. It was not visible until we removed the dead tree. Now the path sticks out like a sore thumb.
We cut down all the invasive weeds that were growing under the tree and will prep the soil for our native grass and flower mixture. In the picture you can still see the stump from the tree. In a few weeks we should have enough germination to hide the old cart path and we have re-routed our "short cut" so it is no longer visible from the first tee.
Our Monarch watch program is in full force. A few have hatched already and there are 10 caterpillars currently in our aquarium. Milk Weed is the only plant they lay their eggs on. We have also started our tagging program. When a Monarch is released we put a identification sticker on its wings and send the results to the university of Kansas. This help them track there migration habits. Perhaps this will be the year they find a "Rockland" Monarch in Mexico.
Lastly, I wanted to point out that some areas in our roughs have been infected with disease. One is called Summer Patch and the other is Fusarium Blight. These are root born fungus and can become a problem. Unfortunately we do not have the time nor resources to prevent this from occurring in all our rough areas. Hopefully the cool weather will arrive shortly and we can start the healing process.