What in the world is that thing in the sky? Finally a span of a few days of nice weather. What a terrible, terrible spring it has been this year. You’ve probably been asking yourself…When is Brandon going to post another blog? I’ve sat down many times, but with being busy trying to make the course playable and stressing out because of the rain I haven’t had a real happy thought to say out loud. All I can say is that I am very thankful for the crew I have here at Cross Creek. At times I feel like I’m asking a lot, but they have been going full force trying to make the course as best we can with the conditions we have been dealt.
A couple weeks ago we were able to deep tine the greens and topdress them. “But they were finally starting to heal up and you went and poked more holes in them.” said many golfers. Yes I did, and it helped heal up the greens quicker. But why do we aerify greens? It’s simple. Aeration is an essential program to keep playing surfaces healthy and in good condition. Aeration primarily is performed to control organic matter – i.e., decaying roots and grass stems – relieve soil compaction, stimulate root growth and improve drainage. If organic matter becomes too thick, it acts like a sponge and holds water at the surface after rain or irrigation. Excessive organic matter also inhibits root growth, reduces oxygen levels in the soil, encourages disease and eventually can lead to turf failure. Furthermore, excessive organic matter creates soft surfaces prone to ball marks, foot printing and inconsistent playing conditions. Aeration and topdressing are the most effective ways to control organic matter and maintain smooth, firm putting surfaces. Our next aerification is set to happen Friday, September 6th. That way they are nice and healed up by the Fall Classic.
With all this rain, it has put us back on a lot of projects with the course. Just know we are trying to get all 27 holes up and going. They are almost ready, just a little more TLC and we will be ready to rock n’ roll.
“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” -Ronald Reagan