Temperatures that are 25 degrees above normal are forecasted for the coming weekend, and a few of you have inquired at the golf shop if the course will be open this weekend for play. Although it may seen like a good day on the surface to get the sticks out, as always the story down below tells a different picture.
Soil temperatures warm much slower than the temperature of the ambient air. As the frozen ground thaws from the top down it becomes quite soft in a hurry. The resulting moisture from the excessive rains we have received in the last couple of weeks has no where fast to go, even with our well-draining sandy soils. Rutting can also often take place with cart and foot traffic (both golf and maintenance) creating additional maintenance and wear on the turfgrass that is not needed this time of year when the turf is not actively growing. It is quite easy under the current conditions to create footprints, even on greens.
Root shearing can also take place, where traffic can cause turf roots to rip from the crowns of the plant due to the soft conditions above. Damage can stay hidden from this until later on in the spring when soil temperatures become more optimal for growing turf.
For these reasons, the golf course will remain closed this weekend. This warm wave of weather has also hampered our outdoor work where we have to pick and choose where we can perform our duties without causing more harm than good. Much of our work this week has centered in native areas and along the US 20 fence line. The pictures below depict some of that work.
|Before picture of a large pin oak in 12's native area.|
The bottom growth depicts the natural growth
habit of the pin oak.
|After picture of the same tree after the bottom growth|
was trimmed out.
|Our tree service also dropped 7 oak trees in|
preparation of the halfway house project.
|Our tree service fell a large silver maple next|
the purple beech at the Range Hut. This maple was impeding
the top growth of the more desirable beech.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your understanding, and have a great day!