In an effort to not disrupt ball roll out in the late summer/early fall, I delay greens aeration until the end of October. Well, that day has arrived. We will begin our greens aeration late Sunday afternoon 5 p.m. and throughout the day on Monday. This process will involve the use of a heavy topdressing of our greens with sand, our Verti-drain deep tine aerator will then poke 9" deep 1/2" holes in our greens, a green profile builder with micronutrient package will be applied, blowing and brushing the sand in the holes and a final roll. We will probably delay mowing greens for a few days to allow the sand to settle and the greens to growth through the sand layer. I would expect to begin dry mowing late next week. Within 10-14 days with the good weather predicted they should be back to normal.
We usually are not able to complete all of the greens in one day but will make every effort to complete as many as possible. If we receive rain on Tuesday, we will leave the remaining greens until it is dry enough to complete. Hopefully, this would only be maybe 16-18. I will keep you updated on the blog and twitter on our progress so check out the twitter feed on the side of the blog main page.
This will also be the last weekend for practice off of the zoysia short range tee. The zoysia has quit growing and any damage/divots made now will not heal. In an effort to protect it from winter injury and delayed green up next season, we will be placing all stands on the mats beginning next Tuesday. Your cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
The staff have been busy with leaf clean up this week from our Ash, Maple, Cottonwood and other early leaf dropping trees. Two blowers, two rough mowers, 3-4 backpacks have been out regularly cleaning up playing areas. Some days by the end of the day it appears that we have not done anything but that is our life in dealing with excess trees. The real work will begin in a couple weeks when the Oaks begin to drop.
This is the last week for two of our seasonal employees Deron and Sam who have done a great job their first year out on the course. Randy will be here the first week of November and will be laid off for the season as well. Nick and Becky will be leaving at the end of November. Great work as well.
Becky is busy with installing new plants in our beds for next spring with Pansies, Tulips and installation of new material in the two beds off of the patio area of the clubhouse.
Cool season tees, 2,3,10,11,14 were solid tine aerated as were the collars and cool season approaches of our greens. Holes provide new areas for root growth, oxygen exchanged and compaction relief. Also provides water to penetrate and water to evaporate as nececcary for that particular area.