Hope this finds you all well and out enjoying the beautiful weather and excellent playing conditions on your courses. For the most part, we have had another great week of growing weather and the course conditions are starting to reflect that! The rain at the beginning of the week is never ideal but the weather after allowed us to dry up fairly quickly! We hope to settle into a warmer, drier weather pattern over the next couple of weeks, but as always, I am sure that mother nature will have a few surprises for us!
Last week we applied the first of two applications of a granular herbicide to the greens aimed at preventing goose and crabgrass. These are two problematic weeds that are unsightly as well as have a negative effect of greens play ability. While you will not see any affects of the application visually, it does weaken the plant slightly as it has not reached its full growing potential yet this spring. Unfortunately, the timing of emerge on the weeds necessitates that we make this application. To counteract the slightly negative effects, this week we fertilized the greens with a granular nitrogen source. This will help the Bermuda wake up from it’s winter nap and give it a bump to overcome the affects of the 1st application. The second application is scheduled for this upcoming Monday and with the extra fertility will serve as a good buffer for any potential detrimental growth effects. As with any fertilizer application, we watered heavier than normal afterwards to ensure the nutrients are dissolved and reach the root systems.
In anticipation of a surge in growth following the fertilization, we have lowered the mowing heights on the MC greens to .115″. We have also increased our mowing frequency and will incorporate rolling, as needed, to maintain the play ability that you desire. By all accounts,our greens have come through the winter in really good shape and we are looking forward to the rest of year. As always, we will make decisions daily with the best interests of you the membership, and the plants health in mind.
We also continued removing unsightly liner in the bunkers this week. Work was done on 6, and 7 green sides. All the sand was pulled down and the old liner was removed by hand. This is a slow and cumbersome process, so please be patient with us as we work to make your playing conditions more enjoyable.
We also began fertilizing areas around the course that needed a little help recovering from winter traffic. This will be on-going over the next week or so. As always, we will run water behind these applications so please be patient of any cart path restrictions that we impose. Please be understanding that these decisions are made to protect the turf and not to inconvenience the membership.
Work for the upcoming SHO is in full swing as we are busy completing some of our bigger projects and transitioning into smaller, detail oriented tasks. This week we have just about finished our bunker capping project, which is mandated by the PGA. We hope to finish this early next week. Next week we will be out detailing beds with pinestraw, cleaning up the wetland areas, and detailing bunkers. We applied the 3rd growth regulator to all grass areas of the tournament course this week and we will begin fertilizing for the last time early in March. This should carry us through the tournament at the end of March.
As always, thanks for following along and we hope to see you out there enjoying your courses. Please feel free to contacting us with any questions and/or comments.