The GCM staff has been using “turning boards” or lattice to help relieve our collars during winter dormancy of the Zoysia and Bermuda grass. This will help alleviate some stress on the edges while we are still mowing greens during the winter months. This practice will increase our time and labor, but we are hopeful it pays off in the spring.
With a cold front moving in this weekend and temperatures dipping into the 30′s, I would like to take the time to remind and educate everyone of frost and freeze delays on greens, as well as fairways. This year having overseeded fairways we will have to take extra precautions, to make sure all the frost has lifted, before play can begin.
Water is the primary component of plant tissue. When water freezes in the plant, in turn making frost, cart traffic and foot traffic can cause ice crystals in the cells to puncture through the cell walls, killing the plant tissue. Cart traffic can injure dormant bermuda as well. If we remember back to last spring a lot of our winter damage was from heavily shaded areas, cart traffic entering fairways, and carts pulling up next to tee boxes. The time frame of when a frost will lift or thaw out on a particular day is hard to tell. There are several factors, such as sunlight and how heavy or light of a frost, that would affect the timing of a delay. Please be patient as we weather through this winter.
If you have anymore questions regarding frost or freeze delay send me an email Tyler.Ingram@ourclub.com
The GCM staff has been working on areas in rough that were either winter kill areas or areas in fescue that were common bermuda. Our plan is to convert these areas to Fescue and make a monostand and more consistent rough. Until these areas are 100%, please play the roped off areas as ground under repair. A big thanks to Ryan Moriarity for use of his Rototiller. Thank you for your cooperation.
This year our staff continued with the annual tree planting according to the Master Landscape Plan created 2 years ago. We planted 6 October Glory Maples this year between 12 and 13 fairways and between 5 and 6 fairways. In both of these areas we lost a couple trees in 2013 that changed the play of these holes and in effort to restore the true character we introduced a crop of trees for the next generation of golfers to continue to play BYCC as originally designed.
Trees #5 & #6
Trees #12 & #13
The first aerification of the year was completed yesterday successfully to only be followed by snow today, crazy! This aerification was a two-part process of a verti-drain aerification and our normal aerification. Typically this process would all be performed in one day, but due to scheduling conflicts they were completed in two separate weeks.
The verti-drain is a process of aerifing a hole 10-12″ deep through the entire green to allow water to penetrate through the green and allow gases to be released. This will be a yearly practice to help prolong the life of the greens and keep water moving through.
Early spring aerification is behind us and the next aerification is scheduled for early May. Each aerification performed is a necessary cultural practice to remove organic matter and provide open channels for water to pass through and gases to be exchanged. Every aerification timing has a specific purpose as well, the early aerification is a chance to wake the greens up from the winter, the early summer aerification is mainly to remove organic material, and the fall aerification is also for organic material removal and summer stress recovery.
Fun Facts From Aerification: Spring 2014
- 12.27 cubic feet of green remove per 1000 square feet
- 1104.3 cubic feet of green removed over all greens
- 9.82% of the putting surface affected
- 72 holes per square foot
- 6,480,000 holes over all greens
Many wonder why aerification is so important. Greens aerifications are a necessary practice to ensure the green’s health for the future. Normally aerification on bentgrass takes place when the plants are at their optimum time for growth and when golfers view the greens are at their best. Performing this cultural practice during this time will provide a speedy recovery and allow adequate amounts of oxygen and applied nutrients to the soil for healing and growth.
When selecting a tine size, tine spacing, and amount of organic matter to remove is a lot more than just a guess or how much you want to make the golfers mad. The USGA provides guidelines for the amount of organic matter removed from a green every year (15-20% OM/Year). These guidelines help to prolong the life of a green and ensure the root zone will stay functioning as it should. Typically 3-4 aerifications a year will comply with the USGA guidelines. We plan our tine sizes and spacing to remove 3-8% organic matter per aerification for the year using different tine sizes for different periods of the season.
With the recent warm weather I thought it would be a good time we all can remember what it feels like to have sunshine and green grass. Heres to the golf season.
These two benches have been on the property for quite sometime now and have been polyurethane several times. This year we decided to sand blast these benches and apply a clear poly to protect and beautify the benches for many more years to come. Here are a few pictures of the beginning phases of the face lift.
Tom Clark Sand Blasting the Benches