“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
The weather has been perfect this week and we were able to get some great photos of sunrises, golf cart windshields in trees, transitional statues, and many other events on the course! I expect the golf rounds to continue to be busy during the week days! We will pray the current weather pattern holds up for a few more months! It looks like we have one day of rain per week for 3 weeks in a row and that is excellent. The lows will be in the high forties and the highs will be in the mid to upper seventies.
We began clearing the wild Japanese holly along the green on one Foxfire and will continue selected holes on Players around tees and greens. Mike is working on this solo so we will see how far he gets.
We began needle tineing the greens last week and got four or five holes completed before the timming linkage on the cogs to the rocker arms became untimely. This unit is 16 years old which is about six years past its life span for an aerifier. Ideally we could utilize six of these units and perform this once a month with verticutting.
The large putting green will be closed for a few weeks. We needle tined, and top dressed it last week. The lower end of the putting green has had over 80,000 feet walk across it this summer and I think a slight break from traffic will give the green time to rebuild its turgidity. There were two slight thin spots down by the tree which already filled back in. Grass lives and dies everyday we just want to reproduce new plants faster than the old ones die.
Untimely above causes spooning or heaving of the canopy and I do not want that. Jim is in the process of aligning the belts and linkage on the unit and we may do a few more holes this Fall. Coreing is not necessary and this is non disruptive to the putting surface except when it is not properly operating. This only happened on one pass on 6 Foxfire. Coring to remove organic matter is essentially ineffective based on mathematical principals alone, and we do not have an abundant amount of organic matter on the greens anyway. A healthy underground biological ecosystem containing organic matter is like a savings account with funds available (nutrients) to draw from. I believe the report I did this summer showed we had five to six percent OM, which means it’s actually only one or two percent combustible OM. This is an excellent rate on return when we applied less than .5lbs on nitrogen per/M ft^2 all season through liquid fertility and utilizing acids to draw out available nutrients in the bank thus saving on current opportunity cost of more nitrogen. We tried to spray the greens yesterday, but the sprayer failed and after five hours of diagnosing actuators and solenoids we discovered there was a bad cell in the battery. We installed a new battery and we will finish the application today.
Aerifier in the shop with chain below adjusted. Each side has a chain and then there are timming belts inside like a car that have to be aligned as well.
The growth regulator on the fairways is wearing off and creating more grass clippings. We will try and back lap the reels today because the quality of cut is rapidly declining since we only have 3/4 of a fairway unit to mow 36 holes. This truly has been a miracle this summer to get by with a partial fairway unit. Brad and Jim have done an excellent job, but the Primo has absolutely saved us and kept the grass in check from producing excess verdure. Ergo, we will not be fertilizing fairways this week with staff reductions, no primo, and warmer weather. We will wait until next week or the week after that to apply the fall fertility. This is a best management practice ergonomically right now.
We had to sharpen a tee mower reel this week and a tire fall off the greens mower yesterday on Players so we only have one tee mower available right now and the grass is growing faster than it did during the summer on the Foxfire course as well as Players.
We got what’s left of the pull behind Lely spreader ready to put out the fertilizer when it is time. The shoots on it are worn out and the axel is dragging a little bit, but the gear is turning on the drive wheel so we should be okay for one more application with this Lely.
We began pushing up the dump pile so we can burn it this fall. We had to stop that because the smoke stack fell off the backhoe and we will have to get it started again. The dump is almost pushed up in to one small mountain.
Nancy got the window shield out of the tree on 14 Foxfire that a golfer had thrown in to the tree for some reason. That’s is why we go back to the top of the post and only worry about one day at a time because tomorrow will definitely be there soon enough!