Tuesday, May 17, 2016
On Tuesday May 10th, the grounds staff applied fertilizer to the entire property (except greens). The process took two full days and was a coordinated effort from our entire staff. Douglas Knapp, our chemical applicator, was on the tractor spreader, while someone else followed behind him placing wire flags along the edge of his pass. This technique assures that fertilizer skips and overlaps are eliminated. Another person followed Doug in a utility vehicle loaded with product so he could be reloaded quickly and downtime was minimized. A three person push spreading crew followed the tractor to tie in any small areas or places it couldn't get. These guys had the hardest job, pushing the spreader over hills, along street crossings, bunker noses, through swales and around greens. They also had to be sure that any fertilizer that bounced onto the greens was removed with a backpack blower so that the fertilizer wouldn't burn the Bentgrass underneath the granule.
The crew did an amazing job working together to be sure the entire property was treated as evenly as possible. Over the next few weeks, the color and density of the Bermuda will improve considerably. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend!
April is always a difficult month for me as I drive around and assess the turf on the golf course. I call it the ugly duckling phase for the Bermuda on the golf course. The Bermuda is green but hasn't completely filled in yet. The mid-season color and density is still a month or so away. This slow green up is frustrating because once we see green turf, I get excited to start mowing, fertilizing and grooming the surfaces for the season, but the soil temperatures are still not ready to promote steady growth. Pressure from weeds is typically high during this time while the Bermuda is still not growing and we had our hands full dealing with winter annuals in the rough. Doug Knapp, our chemical applicator, was very busy spraying selective herbicides throughout the golf course to clean up all remaining weeds.
|Was great to finally topdress the entire range tee. Much needed!|
|First edging of the season|
Besides mowing the tees, fairways, rough, collars and surrounds as necessary, the staff began some of the other regular maintenance tasks such as: edging bunkers, string trim mowing, topdressing divots on tees and mulching the clubhouse landscape beds. We had planned on using our Aerway slicer on tees and fairways in late April to alleviate compaction from winter cart traffic, but wet conditions kept us from getting that done. More information on the Aerway process can be found here.
|Spruced up clubhouse w/ help from Owasso Rams boys golf team|
|Bermuda was green but not growing much during April|