Recovering from winter

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Recovering from winter

I heard a quote the other day from a fellow superintendent that spells out how your Turf Care Department has been managing the turf on the golf course this spring.
“Manage for conditions after you have the stand of turf you want.”
This has been our approach this spring with all aspects of the golf course.   Do whatever it takes to “baby” back the weak areas to help promote recovery. Turf Care staff have done numerous tasks in most areas to help recovery including; verticut, slice, deep tine, overseed, tarp, topdress and extra fertilizer.   Also, with the extended number of days without any recorded moisture (until today), our approach has been to keep things on the wet side to not allow the little seedlings to dry out. Which is why you see irrigation heads running throughout the day and in between golf.
Here is how you, the member, can help!
1.    More important than ever, please fix your ball marks on the putting surfaces. An instructional video in the coming weeks will be posted on the Blog on how to properly repair your ball mark. Also, replace and/or fill your divots on tees, fairways and rough.  These simple and easy steps can help speed up the recovery process. 
2.    When driving a power cart, when possible, please drive in the rough or seek the patches of green grass. By reducing traffic, each little piece of new grass has a better chance of surviving. This is even more important on hot and dry days.  Turf Care staff have been instructed to do the same.

The hardest thing for all Golf Course Superintendents and I know it's similar for players is having patiences. Trust me, your Turf Care Team is doing everything they can to speed up the recovery.

Turf Care Staff member Brendan Kallis solid tining 10 fairway today. It took him five and a half hours to complete.
Posted: 5/17/2018 2:07:44 PM by Chris Prodahl

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