Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The next video in our series will talk about divots, how to repair with sand, and when to replace. Look for a link on the right hand side of the world of turf blog, or on the briar ridge turfgrass Facebook page.
The soft conditions require extra care. Please make turns gentle in the fairways, and avoid low areas, and saturated areas along the paths.
Please avoid practicing on the course in conditions like these. Soft conditions mean extra large divots, as you can see in the photo. This damage looks like damage you would see from a scramble, but is fresh from yesterday (I know because I smelled it).
Have a great Saturday,
Thursday, July 28, 2011
this continues to be wonderful weather if you are a fungus that targets turf. We look forward to lower temperatures, but right now they don't exist on the ten day forecast.
My hair is already grey enough,
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Turf managers, I predict will see the impacts of the heat and moisture today and tomorrow, meaning......turf areas that were compromised will be observed expiring in the coming day.
In English, turf managers will lose grass today and tomorrow.
Chilly but smiling,
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Cross your fingers,
Monday, July 25, 2011
The power of these strikes are phenomenal, and the debris that was scattered as the charge vaporized the moisture in the tree, is impressive.
Visit the briar ridge turfgrass Facebook page to see more photos of the strike.
Please remember to follow recommended safety procedures when on the golf course during threatening weather.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Hanging by a thread,
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Hope the light at the end of the tunnel is not a train!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I have not checked a label, but my experience tells me that nothing good can happen from herbicide applications when the temps are 90+.
I was having a good day until I came up here, was actually thinking the place looked good.
Please practice from the larger crabgrass plants today.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I had to talk about something other than the "oppressive" heat.
Stay cool 4ever,
Like the high school throwback?
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
We don't want too much water in this heat, wet wilt will kill grass too.
Say that three times fast!
My friend had a good quote yesterday, " I want a job that if I wake up and it is 80 degrees, I don't care."
I thought that was funny, then again, I have been in the heat a while.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
We are carefully managing our water, essentially turning the system off and relying on hand watering. Too much water is the recipe for disaster, and will kill more turf than it will save.
How bad is the coming weather?
Last night I had a dream I was sending samples of a green in that was literally dying in front of my eyes. The only turf left was about half the green, and the other half was black soil. It wasn't exactly our course, but it was a third green, which just happens to coincide with a green in which I had the lovely experience of managing basal rot anthracnose on. You may not know what that is, and that makes you one lucky human.
We have raised mowing heights on greens in preparation, .015". That may not seem like much to you, but it is life for Poa / Penncross greens. The good news is.........charge those birdie putts!
Wish us luck!
P.S. The photo is of 3 red, and it is fine, I checked.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
No need to email me back, I know I am evil,
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Here comes the heat,
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Improperly fixed ball marks at this time of year, are with us until 2012.
Please, pass this along, and visit my blog page to find a video on how to properly fix a ball mark. Also, just because your ball doesn't stay on the green, does not mean that you did not damage the surface. Play close attention to where the ball lands, and chances are.......you will be more fun to play golf with.
I do wear a silly grin,
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I am making a video about changing hole locations. Visit the blog site for a link to it.
Busy killing fungus,
Sunday, July 10, 2011
We have a couples chapman at 1:30 today. If you enjoy a true test, the chapman may be for you, it is also a difficult golf format.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
We are busy putting water in areas that we consider to be high priority areas. Please pardon our hoses, but they are a necessary evil. If we were to use our sprinklers to keep the green banks green, the putting surfaces would be super saturated (good name for a band, Erwin McKone and the super saturated putting surfaces...... Yeah).
The bent poa mix on the greens cut at .120", has a very different water requirement than the surrounding blue / rye rough that many people believe is cut at 4 inches. The differing water requirements mean that we must choose which one we will use when determining irrigation programming. We water with the irrigation programs for the average green requirement. Notice the average statement. This means that some of the greens are not receiving adequate irrigation from sprinklers, which is why we hand water. If our goal was to eliminate the labor intensive hand watering practice, we would have to program the irrigation system to water adequately, the driest areas on the putting surfaces, making the average areas greater than adequate (or soggy).
Wow, I just blew my own mind,
Sent from Erwin's phone, please excuse grammar and punctuation.
Sent from Erwin's phone, please excuse grammar and punctuation.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I have seen our first insect repellent kill on six red, a two for one!!
Looks like a stretch of some fine golf weather.
Tee it high,
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
We are also topdressing the blue today, and hope to finish the white and red later this week. We are behind this year in our topdressing practices. Topdressing with sand is what I believe to be the key to true rolling greens.
I would love to chat some more, but we are busy!
Sunday, July 3, 2011
The photo is from seven red and the lightning hit two trees. Please seek shelter when the lightning detection system is activated!
Stay safe this weekend,
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Fairways are wet, but toughs are dry.
We will be carts in rough only. If you take the cart to the opposite side of the fairway, please go around the green and do not cross the fairway. Hopefully the heat will stay away, the things we don't want when we are really wet is 1. Too much nitrogen and 2. Heat.
We don't want to be growers of fungus.
Have a great holiday!