We have punched holes in greens this week and now are waiting to topdress. Probably going to happen next week considering the wet weather. Again this spring we used small star and ¼” solid tines to aerate greens. This combo gives us numerous holes for water percolation and root growth but disrupts the surface very little. Putting quality is still pretty good and will quickly return to normal in about 10 days. We are quite pleased with the greens condition right now with good root development and healthy turf. The height of cut continues to go down and we are nearing normal mowing heights. That coupled with increased rolling should get the greens putting well by late next week.
May is the time when the turf really starts to move-not much happens in April. As you have probably seen there are some seedlings up in the winterkilled areas. Warm temperatures should get them moving along better in the next couple of weeks. As is normal in the spring, soil temperatures have been at the bare minimum to germinate seed so we are happy to see what we have so far, but more seedlings should be emerging soon and development will continue. This should help those thin fairway spots fill more quickly.
We will be trying a couple of new Poa annua control products on certain areas of some fairways so expect to see some discoloration or thinning in the next month in those areas. The rest of the fairways and surrounds are starting to look better every day with density and color starting to really shine.
The prescribed burn was executed on April 8 on a large portion of the perimeter of the course. Only theareas around 10, 11, 14 were left unburned due to an unfavorable wind. The rough has been a little bit delayed this year with the cooler temps, but expect thick gnarly wooga due to the ample soil moisture available this spring.
I am still trying to find a good time for the first course tour of the year so stay tuned for date and time for that.
Expect the course to start to come together in the next couple of weeks. Jmahar@live.com with questions or comments.