What a crazy spring we are having. About the only good thing I can say is that we needed the precipitation to fill up our lakes. Man, have we gotten it. It has been over three years since we had a rain event that caused portions of #9 fairway to be underwater. We received 2.50″ Monday night and for the year to date we sit at 9.82″. It has not only been a wet spring but, as you know, colder than usual. Waking up to a dusting of snow this morning sure is not the norm for us.
The cold spring has obviously set the turf back. At this time last year, which was warmer than most, we already had applied three treatments of herbicide 10 days apart to kill the bermudagrass in the rough. This year the bermuda still has not broken dormancy to even apply the first treatment. The greens were delayed one week from the scheduled aerification date and they still are very slow healing. The poor Zoysia doesn’t know what it should do; go back dormant (which we do not want to see) or tough it out until we warm up. As I stated in an earlier post, I can’t believe I am saying that I cannot wait for the summer heat, but I think we are overdue for warmer weather. I am thankful for the recent rains however we have lots of work that needs to be done under dryer circumstances. When my kids were younger, I would come home after a rainy day and they would ask, “Daddy, was it a good rain or bad rain?” Well as you can imagine they’ve heard me at times talk about what all we could not get accomplished because of the rain and also heard times when I had been praying for it. After the last several dry years, I find it hard to have a bad rain.
Flooding across #9 fairway
Impassable cart path on #9
Flooding and debris on #13 cart path
A snow dusted trailer from the night of April 23rd