It’s been another hot and dry week at The Muni. The well has been running for a couple of weeks trying to keep our water level up in the irrigation pond. It takes more than two days to pump the same amount of gallons into the irrigation pond as the course is irrigated each night. Our pond level is way down and we definitely need some rain. Fairway irrigation will be limited as we move forward.
The windy conditions and irrigation issues really wreak havoc on the turfgrass. Several irrigation heads had issues over the past couple of weeks. This has left some isolated dry areas on several of the greens. The irrigation heads have been repaired and we are continuing to hand water these areas with an added wetting agent. In the picture below you can see how much the wind affects irrigation patterns overnight:
Almost all of our landscaping areas and sand traps were treated for weed control this past week. There are still a couple of landscaping areas that will be completed this coming week. Some of the faces of sand traps had weeds or unwanted grasses growing into the sand. They were sprayed and then string trimmed at the end of the week. We still need to edge a lot of these traps in the next couple of weeks.
The Street Division was on site to prepare a cement pad at our gas barrel filling station. This pad will give us a clean area to fill up equipment every day. Previously the area had standing water and would become muddy. The last part of the process will be installing the fire extinguisher and hanging the fence back up.
Staff has been busy with a lot of our daily maintenance practices every day. The golf course has been extremely busy each day as well. It’s been very difficult weather conditions along with the irrigation issues. We will continue to do all we can each day. This morning’s view is pretty nice for all the golfers signed up with tee times. Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301