Fall Recovery and Growth

The month of September brings with it a welcome relief from the extreme heat and long days of summer.  The cooler nights, shorter days and warm soil temperatures provide an ideal growing environment for grass plants to stretch out new leaves and roots.  These new tissues help the plant photosynthesize, acquire energy and mobilize nutrients to repair damage and build carbohydrates for the winter ahead.

This past week, following the Club Championships, we applied our September granular fertilizers to all tees, fairway and rough areas.  These added nutrients will thicken and improve the vigour of our turf surfaces.  In conjunction, the greens will receive timely sand topdressing, verticutting, overseeding and solid tine aerification over the coming days and weeks.

The pictures below show the Simple Dimple seeder preparing a seed bed.  These tiny pots receive the seed which is then pressed into the soil with a smooth roller.

The primary goal of the above procedure is to provide an ideal seed bed and growing environment for the new bentgrass seed.  The many micro growth chambers help protect the seedlings from abrasion and traffic stress while providing increased oxygen and water movement into the root zone.

All cultural practices will be carried out in such a way as to minimize the impact to membership with the ultimate goal of providing superior, healthier putting surfaces.

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Vandalism Damage to Holes 6 and 13

The golf course greens received a disappointing blow last month a few days prior to the Club Championships.  As can be seen in this picture, an intentional act of vandalism caused a distinct pattern of dead and injured turf.  This pattern was replicated on both #6 and #13 greens and appears to be a petroleum/solvent based injury.

Efforts to restore the injured green surfaces are now under way through the use of hollow tine aerification and interseeding.  We will continue to apply seed, sand and fertilizer over the coming weeks to bring the turf back to original condition.