Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hot and Rebuilding from the Flood

Normally July is not the time to be rebuilding tees, or doing any major projects, but we have to do what we can when nature runs the show.  Temps were into the 90's yesterday and predicted to be even higher  today and Friday, with high humidity - so work will continue.  It is too hot to slit seed the rough, we would do more damage to existing turf than it is worth, but once the temps drop out comes the seeder.  Ideal seeding time is from mid August to mid September.  We have completed seeding the thin/bare areas of fairways and the seed is coming up - now keeping it alive is a challenge.  You may see water running during the day, sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  We have also raised the height of cut on the greens slightly until the heat passes.


If you look closely you can see where a drain went through an area that flooded.  On top of the drain the grass was fine, most likely the bent had more roots within the better drainage and thus better able to handle the stress.  This is one of the areas that was seeded last fall.


Bent seed coming up in the fairways.


Drainage work on #14 tee.  Hopefully by next week all the tees will have new sod installed.  Hard, hot work for this time of year.

Heat Advisory
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
405 AM CDT THU JUL 18 2013

...HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS THROUGH FRIDAY...

.A HEAT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST
ILLINOIS AND NORTHWEST INDIANA THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

ILZ014-182100-
/O.CON.KLOT.HT.Y.0001.130718T1600Z-130720T0000Z/
COOK-
INCLUDING THE CITY OF...CHICAGO
405 AM CDT THU JUL 18 2013

...HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO
7 PM CDT FRIDAY...

* TEMPERATURE...HIGHS WILL BE IN THE LOW TO MID 90S TODAY AND
  MID TO UPPER 90S FRIDAY. MAXIMUM HEAT INDEX WILL BE 100 TO 105
  TODAY AND 102-108 FRIDAY. LOW TEMPERATURES WILL ONLY BE IN
  THE MIDDLE TO UPPER 70S TONIGHT EXCEPT LOWER 80S DOWNTOWN
  CHICAGO.

* IMPACTS...SEVERAL DAYS OF BUILDING HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL
  LIKELY RESULT IN AN INCREASE IN HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES. THE
  HEAT CAN BE MOST STRESSFUL ON SMALL CHILDREN...THE ELDERLY...
  OR THOSE WITH MEDICAL CONDITIONS. LEAVING A CHILD OR A PET IN
  AN ENCLOSED VEHICLE...EVEN FOR A SHORT TIME...CAN BE DEADLY.
  INTENSE HEAT COULD ALSO RESULT IN ROLLING POWER BLACKOUTS AND
  BUCKLING OF PAVEMENT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS...IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN
POSSIBLE...RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR
EVENING.  KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT
STROKE.  WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN
POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

CHICAGO RESIDENTS CAN CALL 311 FOR ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION ON
COOLING CENTERS.

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT WEATHER IS EXPECTED.
HIGH TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A
SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF
FLUIDS...STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM...STAY OUT OF THE SUN...
AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.