Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pulling out all the stops?

Besides tree removal, our very weak sixteenth green has been covered with a turf blanket for this winter.  It is hoped that is cover will keep the soil warmer longer extending the available time for root growth before winter shuts things down.

This wind ripped tattered old beast was purchased in 1988 to aid growing in the fifteenth green.  This type of cover allows moisture and oxygen exchange does nothing to prevent ice formation underneath, the principle culprit to this greens troubles this season. 

Green cover technology has changed much over the past twenty five years as more research into winter injury has been uncovered.  These blankets are not cheap, need to be installed before the soil freezes, have a short lifespan and summer storage can be an issue but are worth their weight in gold if they prevent winter kill. _Mk