It’s hard to believe that we are half way through October already but we did have beautiful weather for our fall aeration and the next 7 days looks very promising. During our closure, the slit drainage scheduled for #7 green was installed. The sod work on the 7th green has been tamped, rolled and top-dressed a couple times now and we will continue to lightly top-dress the sod over the coming weeks to aid in the recovery process. We have continued with some over-seeding on the fairways and high traffic rough areas over the last week. The greens are recovering very well to date as well as the rest of the golf course.
Over the next few months the staff will be working hard to keep up with all the mowing, blowing clippings, and leaf clean up on a daily basis. With cooler temperatures and a few soft frosts in the mornings recently, we will be slowly raising our greens height to encourage a healthy turf stand and minimize stress to the greens going into the winter months. Raising our greens height of cut will give us a better chance to combat the Fusarium disease pressure as well as protect the plant from colder temperatures of winter desiccation.
On Tuesday, October 2 we were able to apply a preventative fungicide application to our greens to protect them from Fusarium disease as the greens are in recovery mode from aeration. We will continue to monitor the greens health and disease pressure daily and implement the necessary applications as needed. Most recently on Monday, October 15th we implemented another fungicide application to the greens and are hoping to see longer lasting results in maintaining control of future disease.
With the aeration of the greens, the playing surface is softer and more susceptible to large ball marks and disruption to the putting surface. Please remember to fix your ball marks as well as one or two others so that the putting surfaces will be more enjoyable for everyone.
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent