Autumn Begins Today, Seed, Cool Front, Aerification Continues.


James 5:7

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.

We finished aerifying the Foxfire course and I re-seeded the tees yesterday afternoon and some of the spots in the fairways. We are still waiting on the repair of a loader so we can topdress the greens. We got just over .5″ of rain last night which was perfect timing for the seed.

I did get the mounds fly mowed on 3 players and we got started on the traps before it rained. We will finish them Monday before the Sectionals Tuesday Coach. Good Luck.

We will do our best to have them in shape by Tuesday. That’s the goal. We will start the solid tine process on the greens and tees on Players Club Tuesday after sectionals. And I will try and find us an aerifier to rent for the fairways

with solid tines.

One of the Ash trees blew over last night during the storm on #14 Players Club and the boys got most of it cleaned up and off the fairway this morning.

We treated the Players Club fairways and tees the week with a plant protectant, nutrients, and a growth regulator that will help with the clippings after we mow.

We started aerifying the Foxfire greens last Sunday and Fairways. We core aerified the fairways and solid tined the greens, rolled, and mowed. We drug the fairways, blew, then mowed behind to smooth out the surfaces.

We only had one solid tine break so far which is good. Noah keeps a wrench with him and puts them back in if they fall out.

That’s a broken tine above. Sometimes the tine will find a rock underneath and it’s just a matter of physics. Something will give. Ground or machine. This time the ground won, but it’s normal.

Thanks Justin for demoing the Verti-drain and utility verticutter, sweeper, chipper. Those items were awesome. And we did get to go over two Foxfire green where the water holds in the bird bath area. That’s not uncommon for 40 year old plus greens to develop these areas over time.

These are both German made machines called Wiedenmann. They have not been affected by any tariffs but still bring a good price. Both are well worth the investment if you can afford them. Equipment like this usually depreciates over 20-30 years and are a one time purchase. The verticutter sweeper was my favorite. I have seen the vertidrain before. We set it up at 7″,8″,9″ depths with zero heave. The heave is the kick the shaft has underground while traveling forward to fracture the soil. We just had about 3″ of rain the day prior so we could really see the water being pushed down and rolled in to the holes with minimal surface disruption. Both units costs approximately 45k. The brown spots on the fairways have been from grub damage and most of the animals or skunks that we’re feeding on them have been relocated to another area.

We have had a busy month of outings and play has been decent.

I love my Lely above I utilize it for anything i can apply dry. The above photo is post grub control. I have also been repairing irrigation and some equipment while Jim was gone. It’s the most under appreciated Job by most crew members in our profession. If everyone had to repair what they used or broke I believe they may have a better respect for that position. Remember no one ever brings the mechanic something operational and says hey great job. It’s always broken. So great job Jimmy! I learned early on in my career to respect & appreciate that position with the highest value.

Adjusting mowers below. That’s a dexterous job when your talking about micrometer readings.

Irrigation repairs require a knowledge and understanding of continuity, ohms, and electricity. placeholder://

See you on the course.

Darden

4 thoughts on “Autumn Begins Today, Seed, Cool Front, Aerification Continues.

  1. Hey Partner, Looking good and wish you were back here. I am curious because it looks like you plugged the greens rather than the aerification that you did here. Why? Just curious. Would love to have you and Nancy back and so would a bunch of other guys but I don’t think that it is going to happen.

    Larry

    On Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 3:09 PM Darden Nicks Agronomy wrote:

    > Darden posted: “James 5:7 Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s > coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop > and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. We finished > aerifying the Foxfire course and I re-seeded the tees yest” >

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    • We solid tined the greens. We did some of that there, but you are correct we mostly verticutt and used the sisis! We did core the fairways on the bluegrass course. Different & limited resources here! I talked to Bill a few weeks ago- Nancy & I miss y’all tell Betsy hello. I’ll call soon. Go Wolfpack!

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