|A typical April forecast, not February!|
|Our stump grinder in action|
|Halfway house site|
Keep in mind that the average temperature for this time of year is 35 degrees and that the staff and I will manage the turf as it is appropriate for this time of year. What does that mean? It means that mowing will be done as the weather and growth dictates and other practices, such as raking bunkers, will be done on an as needed basis. Please understand that seasonal employees are brought back based on historical dates that have been determined by both average weather and budgetary guidelines set for the year. We are not usually fully staffed until Memorial Day.
If the weather continues to remain warm for an extended period, I may need to re-evaluate returning dates for some employees just so we can keep up with the growth of the turf. February is not the time to push green speeds or mow the turf at normal summer levels however. While the greens have some nice green color right now, the turf growing quite slowly, there is a greater time for recovery from wear. Also, the spring time is the time to develop and grow a deep, healthy root system. As I have mentioned many times, the deeper the root system, the better probability the turf can withstand summer playing expectations during hot summer conditions. Mowing height is directly correlated to root depth.
While it is looking like some turf will need a mowing in the next week, it will be at much higher heights than typical summer heights of cut strictly because of the above paragraph. Rolling will be utilized when needed to smooth the greens, but will not be an every day occurrence. Here is a link to an excellent USGA article further explaining decisions that I have to make with early warm weather, and how it possibly impacts our operation and budget throughout the course of the year.
|A trimmed up look right of 3 green|
|Oak trees pruned up along 15|
As you are out on the course the next week, you will also notice we have been out pruning up several oak trees. As I referenced in blogs articles here, here, and here, winter is now the suggested time to prune these trees due to the emerging threat of oak wilt. We have about 7 additional trees to work on when the ground firms back up before the golf season hits its full swing.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at the maintenance facility. Enjoy these April-like conditions and I look forward to seeing you on the golf course!