It is my intention to give the readers a better understanding of what we do to maintain The Farms Country Club's 18 hole championship golf course and grounds.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Greens Improving Nicely After Aerification
Spring aerification of the greens was completed three weeks ago. Cool temperatures slowed the healing process but we're in great shape now. A light topdressing this week smoothed out most of the remaining bumps and speed has increased. We are right on target with our spring height of cut reduction goals. Our goal each spring is to be at .120 inches by the third week in May.
Each Fall, we slowly raise the height to increase the size of the leaf blade. A larger leaf blade helps the plant increase food production through photosynthesis. The increased food production improves root growth, our primary focus in the off season. Stregnthening roots during this period of time increases our chances of turf surviving periods of stress, especially the summer months. When spring arrives we slowly reduce the height of cut to coincide with the golf calendar. Our goal is to give the plants every opportunity to reach its full health potential, while maintaining member satisfaction. Obviously, spring aerification reduces putting quality for a short period of time, but its season-long benefits afford us the ability to consistently maintain the greens to the level our members have become accustomed to.