|sod job between 4 tees|
|Back of bins with sod and grass clumps pruned short|
We turned on the irrigation system this week also. Not the earliest ever but close. The pressure maint. pump cycle was at 42 minutes for the first few hours and down to 31 minutes this morning. This cycle tells us how tight the system is in reference to any leaks. The water in the pipe does move a bit as the elevation of the course changes. As you may know water always tries to seek its own level so the more elevation you have the more the water tries to move around. This effects the cycle of the pressure maint. pump and also the degree to which your piping leaks. 4 cycles an hour is a fairly tight system according to our pump station company. That would mean a pm pump cycle of 15 minutes. It varies throughout the year and we run anywhere from 10-25 minutes. My theory is that we still have some air in the system and that bounces around a bit but also we have lots of old abandoned galvanized pipe that rusts up over the winter and seals itself. As the water moves around and the rust flakes off the galvi pipe starts to leak. We may never see small leaks on pipe down 3-7 feet in our sandy soils at the surface so this cycle gets lower as the season progresses. We check this cycle every morning while the system is on to see what headaches may be in store for us. So far so good.
|gas pump company replacing pump and doing annual inspection for State|
I also applied an application of ferrous sulfate or iron to the greens this week. Heavy rates of this product can turn the turf black at first and then after a few days dark green. These rates will also kill moss and other weeds but not the turf. We do not have a moss issue but do have some minor weeds in a few greens. The greens turf took the app well with most of the blackness occurring on the higher cut turf in the rough. The weeds did not get as beat up as I had hoped though so I may have to raise the rate for the next application. Oh yeah and the new carts came in this week.
|4 green. notice straight line in approach and black color of rough on bunker top|
|1st green after second mowing yesterday afternoon|
|Bert inspecting new carts. he just jumped out but was checking for crackers...|
|Frank hard at work filling divots after a winters worth of heavy play|