Aerification has been completed on greens and fairways, and I thank my staff for their hard work in the last 10 days. With the ample rainfall and above normal temperatures, healing of the aerification holes is already ahead of schedule compared to past years.
We have also began some of our preparations of the greens for this coming winter, a bit earlier than we normally do. Below are some of what we do to best defend the turf against the harsh conditions winter can sometimes bring.
Raising mower heights. One of the changes I have made this year is raising the height of cut on the greens earlier than normal. Currently,the height of cut on greens .135", or .015" higher than in-season heights. Raising height of cut allows more leaf surface for the turf to maximize their photosynthetic capabilities and carbohydrate storage. Raising height will also lessen stress to the plant and create a deeper root system going into winter. While raising heights may not create the speeds that summer brings, it is best for the long term health of the greens going into winter.
|Late Season deep tine channels|
Fertility and Plant Protectants. While we limit nutrients on finely maintained turf during the season to provide great playing conditions, the fall is the best time to feed the turf to maximize carbohydrate storage going into winter. The more carbs the plant stores, the quicker it will break dormancy when temperatures warm up in the spring. Nitrogen, potassium, and bio stimulants were applied to fill this vital need over the course of the month. Plant protectants will be applied to prevent damage from fungal diseases such as Pink Snow Mold.
|Topdressing protecting the crown of the plants|
|Our 2nd assistant Kyle removing bluegrass sod|
|Bentgrass sod being installed|
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you, and I hope to see you out on the golf course!