Superintendents across the country are trying everything they can to keep turf alive in a summer that might be one for the record books! For those clubs that have high percentages of Poa Annua, the struggle is even more difficult. Soil temperatures are so high that the root systems are failing. There is nothing a superintendent can do when this happens. The genetic limitations of Annual Bluegrass can not be overcome. My goal is to use every tool at my disposal to save as much turf as possible through the rest of the summer. Once we turn the corner in the weather department, we will overseed effected areas and begin the healing process.
I have to say, I am quite pleased with where we sit right now! While we are seeing turf thin in several areas and for any number of reasons, we are still in good shape for what we have been experiencing.
Check out these two links and see what GCSAA and the USGA have to say on this subject.