Saturday, March 14, 2015

Golf course update

We have had some major snow melt! The snow has all melted in the sunny open areas, places where shade dominates, the snow remains. The ground has thawed to about three inches, below which I could not get the soil profiler in the ground.
Our course tours have revealed minimal damage. We observed very little snow mold (cold weather fungus), and some mouse damage (photo below next to path). The mice create tunnels under the snow by chewing up all the vegetation.
As soon as the green banks dry to a level that they will accept equipment traffic, we will roll the greens to prepare them for the first mowings. We want these surfaces firm to prevent any footprinting. Looking at the long term forecast, the lows will remain below freezing for some time. Nighttime temps above freezing is one of the critical factors for our opening of the regular putting surfaces.
It appears like we are still a couple of weeks away, but as the forecast changes, so will the message.
Happy St. Paddy's day,

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