This past weekend brought us some much needed relief from the recent high temperatures and intense humidity that we experienced for the last month or so. It appears that this cooler weather may stick around until the end of August. Usually after Labor Day weekend, the daily high temperature falls down into the 80s and continues to cool off through fall. This could mean that we are done with the extreme heat of summer… hopefully.
The cool-season Bentgrass on our greens enjoys the cooler weather just as much as we do. When the soil temperature cools down into the 60s, new roots are initiated and the plant begins to rebuild the root system. As a more vigorous root system is reestablished, the turf requires irrigation and is better able to handle aggressive cultural practices such as rolling, verticutting, grooming and topdressing. The reduction in handwatering and increased frequency of cultural practices will allow the Grounds staff to increase putting green firmness, speed and smoothness. We appreciate everyone being patience with the slower than desired green speeds during summer.