Well the weather is certainly warming up, temperatures are rising and there is a little rain in the forecast. Over the last week it has been near 25° each day meaning the irrigation has been on each night. Added to the temperature has been a constant breeze which dries out the turf quickly. Sometimes extra water is needed on the turf throughout the day to keep it alive. Greens have been our main priority however when possible tees do get watered.
Some shaded greens have had small spots of fusarium appear in the last couple of days. This is due to high humidity and prolonged wetness from over night watering. On the shaded greens the sun doesn't dry the surface as quickly as the others. This shouldn't need an application of fungicide as growth is fairly strong and with dry conditions shouldn't lead to any damage to the turf. Recovery will start within days as the poa will naturally thrive during this weather.
Growth still continues in the semi rough however other areas are beginning to slow due to the dry conditions. We have been out to spray Semi rough for clover and other weeds. Most areas were covered during the spring application. however small areas are spot treated.
We have topdressed greens, surrounds and approaches, straight sand was applied as usual. This reduces thatch build up keeping the surfaces firmer, drain more freely and help reduce winter wear when ground conditions deteriorate. To help more concentrated wear areas we also apply heavier sand dressings in these areas.
Following top dressing or was matted and washed in. Leaving a smooth finish.