August 18, 2016

Summer is winding down, but the grass is still growing

It's that time of year already where the majority of the grounds crew is heading back to school. Some of the staff will stay on part time, but I will be doing some more part time hiring for the fall. We will continue to do our best at keeping our golf course in tip top shape on a daily basis. Some things may not be done as often, such as string trimming and bunker raking, but these things will still get done throughout the fall. 

We completed a light topdressing and spike on the greens August 5th. These light topdressings help the overall health of the turfgrass. The other benefits include a smooth roll, increased firmness, and thatch reduction. We do have our fall aeration on greens scheduled for August 30th. 

This past week we removed a few large dead trees on the course and rented a stump grinder for a day. We ground 10 stumps, filled the holes in with soil and laid sod on these spots.

We have been very fortunate not to have to run our irrigation system nearly as much this season as we have in the past. Our pond has stayed full for the past month without any pumping. We have already received just under 15" of rain this season. It has come at good times, as we haven't had to pump much water off of the course.

We have a few small projects planned for the fall that I hope to complete. This will all depend on the amount of staff that I have and timing. The course is in great condition so come on out to enjoy the last few months of golf!