The weather continues to hit us from all directions week after week. Several storms early in the week followed by Thursday night rainfall of over 1″ at the muni and nothing on the north end of Spencer. Friday morning we were hit with another storm early in the morning which put a halt to our mowing. We still have standing water in all of our problem areas along with an extremely high water table. Both of these issues makes for a mess. We have mowed several evenings to try and have the course in nice shape this morning for our Couple’s tournament.
We have some damaged areas on greens #3, #8, and #10 from ice early in the year. These areas are low areas on these greens that drain very slowly. They were seeded back in the spring but the constant rainfall has set back the new seed. Early this next week these areas will be plugged with turfgrass followed by a light topdressing. This is the same way we repaired #17 green in the past. This project will be complete by the end of the upcoming week.
I sprayed greens, on Wednesday, for the control of moss present on a lot of the greens. Moss appears on greens when they are under a lot of stress, saturated soil conditions, and low on nutrients. The majority of nutrients, in the soil, have not been present due to rainfall flushing them through the soil profile. Damaged areas then become a breeding ground for the moss. The majority of the areas are silver dollar size but the practice green and #12 have larger spots. The greens will be sprayed again in two weeks and the problem will be eliminated.
I have sprayed our greens with foliar fertilizers and wetting agents more often than in the past. The wetting agent helps eliminate the isolated dry areas when soil becomes dry and it pushes it through the soil when they are saturated. The fertilizers are absorbed through the leaf of the plant and become readily available. The greens look very nice right now and are in a very healthy state. We will repair the damaged areas and continue topdressing small areas until they are 100%.
Our parking lot continues to be an issue that doesn’t want to go in the right direction. The Street Division ran the road grader through the lot the middle of the week. It is still so soft and they got stuck right at the NW entrance of the lot. The water table is so high it is making it difficult to do much with the surface of the parking area. If the old clubhouse was still in place there would be several feet of water standing in the basement. I will continue to pursue options to remedy the situation moving forward.
Weather conditions always make or break you in any agricultural related field. Mother Nature can create conditions that are perfect environments for deadly turfgrass diseases, flood you with rainfall, or crack you with severe drought. The disease conditions are what we are experiencing right now. We have been very fortunate not to experience too much disease. I am spraying preventative applications to lessen the pressure for disease to appear as quickly as overnight. It might be necessary to spray during times of play, which I normally try an avoid. Communication will be very key as we move forward through the next couple of months.
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Enjoy the remainder of your weekend. I hope everyone had a save and enjoyable Independence Day.