Monday, March 10, 2014

Snow is Melting; Slowly....

The snow has started melting, albeit slowly.  On average there is about 18" of snow an the course with drifts of 2-4' in some areas.  We have started our winter tree trimming and it to is going slower than normal with all the snow on the ground.  The temp on the golf course at 1PM today (Tuesday) was 47 degrees, lower than you might see reported elsewhere, due to the amount of snow and ice it is keeping the course cooler.

We pulled a few plugs from three greens - #1, #8 and #13.  The ice cover in all of these areas was about 4" thick.  It will be a few days before we know for sure how the turf from these samples will do come spring, but all three had some signs of life, with the sample from #8 showing the most stress but by the end of the week we will have a better feel for how things might come out of this harsh winter.

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The ice on the greens is about 4" thick with 12-24" of snow cover.

Sample from #13 green, which was rebuilt last fall.  Pure bent 007.  The grass looks great.

Sample from #1 green, in the back right (low area).  Grass looks good, this area is also mostly bent.

Sample from #8 green, in the back middle (low area with shade).  This is a mix of bent/poa.  There is signs of life, but by far not as healthy as the other two samples.  We will see how it does over the next few days.  This sample also had a smell of "silage" - not a  good thing.