Friday, June 3, 2011


"Point two-six-eight!" (.268")  That was the value of evapotranspiration (ET) in moisture lost Wednesday June 1st, 2011.  That is the highest value I can remember to have ever been recorded by our on course weather station.  We lost better than a quarter of an inch of moisture.  I have seen higher recorded values reported by the UW Ag station in Hancock Wisconsin but not here on the course.  The winds were a steady 15 MPH with gusts over 30 MPH.
And what a week it was with air temperatures topping 90 degrees today and I remind you it was one week ago that we had frost the Friday the start of Memorial Day Weekend.  No wonder nothing wants to grow.

Speaking of "not growing."  The cold wet spring has greatly impacted recovery on our winter damaged putting green surfaces.  Those damaged areas have been interseeded for the second time on June 2nd.  While progress isn't as quick as I would like I would like to point out progress is being made.
"Bullet Holes" filled with bentgrass waiting to "pop!"
Even the worse looking sod is showing signs of recovery.

Everything starts with one!  One small leaf blade emerging off the tip of the screw driver found in the barest of areas.
 Damaged fairway sections have been double seeded for the second time this year as well.  We'll keep pounding the seed and fertilizer every two weeks until we declare recovery is complete.

Remember Greens Aerification starts Monday June 6th.  Looks like the weather is cooperating albeit a little on the warm side.  Severely damaged greens will not be aerified as I know they would not hold up to the mechanical activity losing large sections of mat in the process.  _Mk.