August 30, 2013 Scouting Report
Timing, timing, timing. It's that part of the year where winding down starts with much of the heavy play starting to decline on the courses and many managers pull the trigger on cultural practices. It can be an awkward time of the year for many of us - cultural practices disrupt some excellent surfaces and so memberships are not happy. A majority of courses pencil in the dates for these practices at least a year in advance and gladly stick to the dates. During a normal summer turf has gotten beat up at this stage and many of us need to open up the putting surface to get oxygen back into the roots and promote recovery.
This year has been a little different temperature wise and many of the courses I have seen have had greens in excellent condition. The issue is that if you don't pull the trigger on the practices now, recovery may not be there and markings may last all the way into next year - especially if we get an early cold snap. This juggling act is really hard to balance and always leaves someone unhappy - however you handle is your choice - but make sure it's done in a diplomatic way! Finally, we need rain - last weeks effort wasn't enough and there is not much in the forecast currently - don't get into wilt situations leading to potential problems you don't and for managers on Poa greens using probes - make sure you are at the 1.5 inch depth and watch for the early part of the week, labor day might be gone but weather wise there will be a lot of water loss - don't get caught out!
Enjoy the holiday!
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Ed Nangle PhD
Director of Turfgrass Programs
Chicago District Golf Association
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