Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Spring Observations

May 26, 2010

We received 0.08" of rain over the last 24 hours which is very welcome at this time of year. The trees are showing incredible growth. Here are a couple of young Italian Stone Pines (Pinus pinea) on hole #4. If you look closely, you can see over one foot of lighter green new growth.

This is the time of year when most Poa annua is visible in the greens. This year has favored the Poa more than usual due to the cool, wet spring. Fortunately, the upcoming Memorial Day weekend looks to finally be warm and sunny. This will definitely help the favored bentgrass in the greens!

One of my continual concerns is poorly repaired ball marks. Poorly repaired ball marks are not only bad to putt over, but they provide a site where Poa annua can invade. This is an example of a poorly repaired ball mark on #4 green. This is not how a repaired mark should look. It is raised up and has dirt showing. A properly repaired mark will have the turf pushed neatly back together without any dirt showing.

Birds around the course have nested and the young are fledging. If you get a chance, walk by the bird box behind #2 green and have a listen. The youngsters are chirping like crazy!

Stellar's Jays seem to be becoming more numerous near the creek on holes #3 and #8. Here is one on bridge #3.

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