Weekly update

The course greened up this week despite the weather. It was warm over the weekend and early in the week. Add to that an inch of rain Wednesday and the soil temps are climbing. Soil temps dictate everything. It is the biology in the soil that makes everything happen. Plants cannot live without roots and roots do not grow well in sterile soil. As the bacteria and fungi in the soil wake up and become active so to do the roots and then the shoots. It is best to listen to your individual property and look for the signs instead of the idiots in the  commercials as to when to feed your lawn for instance. This place greened up all on its own and thus far we have only applied the greens with a little spoon feeding through the sprayer today. The rest of the week has been awful with wind, snow, cold raw Winter-like weather.
sunrise 9 fwy

slush on windshield in April 

Pump panel showing 492 gpm out of well

Road to the beach

Thursday night sunset

Sure sign of Spring couple of Toms strutting for the girls
We had some good news in the irrigation department this week. When the new isolation valve arrived Will installed it and I was able to run the well through its paces. Sort of like when the Prodigal Son returns even though it may be flawed with its salt water intrusion it was nice to see the old girl working once again. The alternatives were not very good so this will be a huge stress relief at least for now. The pump station company has to return and run it through the preventative maintenance tests and calibrate the flow meter. We know the bowls are worn and will need replacing and these tests tell us how much and how soon. We added sand to all the bunkers this week and once again mowed everything. I imagine next week we will be mowing everything twice and probably even the rough in spots for the first time. Greens will begin an every other or every third day schedule. We have had closures of golf club road this week as the town installs a new water line. I have helped them back fill the trench to speed up the process and limit our inconvenience. Hopefully they are able to wrap up this project next week. Remember to check out the Tee up NE auction for golf rounds all over New England. I will add the link HERE but you can also look in the previous post this week for a description and link.

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