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