Tuesday and Wednesday we will be experiencing foul weather- there is SNOW all around! With the weather rapidly declining we have been preparing for the golf course to close and thought we would outline the major tasks that must be accomplished before winter arrives for good.
|13 green - 8 AM 11/9|
2. The irrigation system must be blown out. We use a huge air compressor to blow all the water out of the pipes. If water is allowed to freeze in the lines and sprinkler heads, pipes would freeze and burst with disastrous consequences.
3. We must spray fungicides to all greens, tees, and fairways throughout the course to protect against snow mold.
4. There are several measures taken to prepare the greens for winter. First, all greens are topdressed with sand to add an extra layer of insulation We then fertilize the greens with an organic fertilizer to provide the plant with ample nutrition for good root building through the fall and early spring. Finally, we will cover the greens with our breathable tarps. The tarps protect the greens from harsh winter extremes which can cause dessication and turf decline. The covers must be installed before the ground freezes so that we can drive 6 inch staples into the ground which hold the covers in place during blustery winter days.
|We have pulled our green covers down from storage- ready and waiting for Old Man Winter!|