Thursday, May 9, 2013

Water in its many states.

I lifted this from the March edition of SUPERINTENDENT MAGAZINE that I thought you might like to read and enjoy.  This is a poem written by Michael Forsberg and I quote:

"Water is a lifeline that sustains migrations and drives the rhythm of the seasons, it quenches our thirst and strengthens our resilience.  It promotes diversity.  It is a force that encourages restorations and renewal.  It seeps into every nook and cranny.  It rages in torrents.  It whispers.  Water is an enabler and transporter.  It builds cloud towers and drives our weather.  It sculpts our landscapes.  It cycles nutrients in our soil.  It makes frogs sing.  Its character is in almost every story on the prairie, sometimes the hero, sometimes the villain.  Water gives, and it takes away.  Water fills us with wonder.  We pray for it and we curse it.  It makes us hurry and then forces us to wait.  Water is the silvery thread that knits us together with the land in a perpetual circle of drought and flood, hot and cold, life and death.  We fear having too much of it or, more often, not enough."

When I read the poem above my mind immediately "flashed" to your golf course. Water is what killed the turf be it in the liquid or solid state.  In other area's it was the lack of water in the air that desiccated the turf.  Both Crown Hydration and Desiccation within feet of each  other!

One possible solution:  To limit damage like that pictured above is to invest in turf covers that are both impermeable and are insulated.  They need to large enough to cover the green bank so that melted water is diverted away from the putting surface.  They are not cheap as cost is based on size and they last only a handful of years.  Costs range from $2000 - $3,000 apiece.  Handling and storage presents additional issues that will need to be addressed as well.  Somthing to think about. Mk