If you've played golf the past couple weeks, you've probably noticed that the greens are a little softer and slower than normal. This is due to reduced maintenance practices (specifically verticutting and topdressing.) When temperatures skyrocket, we must reduce stress due to maintenance activities to ensure the greens survive summer. The greens are healthy; and collars are doing much better than expected! Roots continue to impress us- still very deep and strong.
Cooler temperatures have ushered in a return to our normal maintenance practices. We verticut greens last week and are topdressing today. Mowing height will be reduced to 0.100 inch. We will be putting down a slightly heavier rate of sand through August to reign in thatch development which causes the softer, slower playing conditions. If you like firm and fast playing conditions, then you will have never been so glad to see topdressing sand on the greens!
|Slightly heavier topdressing rate applied today.|
|Areas like this will recover quickly in the fall with no additional maintenance.|
|Some of this turf will likely recover. Patience will prove virtuous.|
|6 approach - flawless.|