Friday, September 24, 2010

First cut of Rye grass

The rye grass is doing good considering the dry weather we have had. We have had success with the rye grass thus far because of our good water management strategies. Although the irrigation scheduling has been on track a good dose of rain is going to be the best for the rye grass. The mowing of the rye grass is 9 days after seeding.

Stump grinding

Scobar Stump Service, Mike Wolpert. This machine is remote controlled and fast. It did a very good job.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rough Height and Bunker surrounds

The picture shows the golf ball along the fairway/rough line.

The rough height has become a bit penal at 2.5 inches. A height of 1.75 to 2 inches is better suitted for the middle to high handicap players. With the heavy fertilization through out the summer we have created lush stands of Bermuda grass rough. We did get good coverage however it has been growing at a faster rate than we can maintain. All the Bermuda grass rough is cut Monday and ending on Wednesday Mornings. After two or three days the rough reaches a height of about 2.75 to 3 inches.
If we were to remove more than a 1/2" inch from the turf at this point we would scalp the plant and possible cause stress or death to the plant.
The good news is that over the next few weeks the Bermuda grass will be less penal because of the lower temperatures. This will allow for the Bermuda grass to settle down and allow for a more forgiven rough.

Bunker surrounds:

The rough around the bunkers has also created havoc on golfers. we have been trimming these areas every 14 days. Unfortunately we need to trim them about every seven to ten days to keep them more playable. These areas will also settle down over the next few weeks.

Bermuda grass encroachment

The turf crew defining the bent grass/Bermuda grass encroachment. The antenna of the radio points to the greens cavity. The large portion of Bermuda grass that is present in the picture is outside the greens cavity but has been cut when the Bent grass collars are cut. It is given the illusion that the Bermuda grass is further into the green. This is not the case in most areas. The turf care staff will be working with these areas over the next month to create a more defined edge.

tree clean up

seeding fescue along with compost at 14 and 15