Winter is coming - and from what we can tell - it's coming fast!
First frosts were reported on two occasions this week. Locations both
on the west and northwest side of the city had slight frosts - which
is a month ahead of the first likelihood for the area of frost
occurrence according to the Farmers Almanac! The temperatures have
certainly cooled off and it is noticeable in many ways that the
winter is coming, most noticeably in crabgrass which has started to
turn red as the cold temperatures impact is photosynthetic capacity.
The other downside to these cooler temperatures is that aeration
procedures that have been scheduled later may take a longer time to
recover if the pattern continues as the bentgrass in particular will
cease with its growth habit.
Insect digging has not necessarily dissipated although the overall
damage this year does not seem to be as bad as previous years and
this may be linked to both the cold winter and the fact that the
summer was relatively wet. Disease pressure has subsided somewhat
although there are plenty of dollar spot scars to be seen on
fairways. Pressure may rise somewhat this weekend with temperatures
forecast to rise back into the 80 degree range, but long term the
cooler temperatures will naturally reduce the issue.
Leaf spot may have popped up this past week somewhat as the cooler
temperatures affected the bentgrass, however again - drying out and
blue skies will help to reduce that pressure.
A majority of superintendents are happy with their course conditions
currently and I have seen some excellent playing surfaces - it really
is a great time of year to get out and enjoy the course - getting an
extra bounce as surfaces can be safely dried out and allow for great