Friday, September 18, 2009

Summer Recovery

The good news is that right now we are in the best time of the year to grow cool season turf. Nighttime temperatures are low, daytime temperature’s are somewhat mild and the hours of day and night will be equal next Tuesday on the 22nd. We fertilized the entire golf course this past Monday directly following a NICE little September thunderstorm. We are in the process of applying seed throughout the course using various methods and strategies. We are seeing germination of seed within a week and are looking forward to a quick transformation.
We are battling some weed infestation as I mentioned above and are digging out some and spraying others. Some of the areas that we sprayed clover with a selective herbicide we got a little zealous and had some undesirable turf setback on holes #1 & #4. Admittedly not great timing for that miscue however the areas have been seeded and we anticipate coverage by next week.
Natural law dictates that for every action there is a reaction and the combination of fertilizer and a thunderstorm along with laying off of growth regulators for the past 30 days have cause our fairways to explode. Combine this with a heavy dew point and even daily AM mowing leaves a lot of clippings. This is the reason you will possibly see us mowing fairways in the afternoons when it is dry so we don’t leave such a mess.
Bottom line is we will see thin areas replaced by turf in a very short period of time.

#2 approach recovering nicely

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