Another example of why trees and grass do not mix
|3rd Green see article HERE|
As you can see in the pictures above from this week we still have snow in spots even after more than two inches of rain since last Friday. I was able to spend some time cleaning up the place and managed to get all greens blown off. I spent a little extra time on the par threes and other green surrounds as well as the 9th fairway. Yesterday I changed cups and rolled the greens getting the place open for business. Barry is in today, Saturday, to run through whatever bunkers do not have snow in them. The boys will be back next week and they can put a dent in some of the worst areas left so that by next weekend it will really look like a golf course again. I bailed to take advantage of the few remaining weekends we are not working and will start the clean up here. Next week is the New England Regional Turfgrass Conference and Show held annually in Providence, RI. I have seminars on Monday then Tuesday is the USGA, key note speaker and opening of the trade show. Will and Chris will come on Wednesday for a day trip and I return Thursday afternoon. So the focus for the next coming weeks is to get the course cleaned up and then try to get the next set of forward tees constructed before the real season of mowing etc. begins. Oh, in the picture of the third green there is a link to a blog post from Minnesota where Superintendent Chris Tritabaugh discusses the break of dormancy of annual bluegrass that I read this week and when I blew that green off it made me take a picture of a perfect example. I hope the picture captured the extreme color change of that back right corner which sits in the shade because of trees. Another example of why trees and grass do not mix.