|Written by Jerry Richard|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 10:22|
The internet connection to the maintenance building was disabled for about 9 days and so I have not been able to update the blog. It has been busy recently with projects and regular maintenance, but the weather again is taking the headlines as it gets drier and drier, extending back to the early spring and even winter with virtually no snow. Water table levels from what I can tell in our wells are down. The recent rains in the past 2 days totalled only about half an inch but we were able to rest the irrigation system for a couple of nights and recharge our pond back up to capacity, ready for the next droughty period. This is the first time for much of the year that there has been any humidity, which helps lock in the moisture. Most of the recent days have had low humidity and very drying afternoon winds. It's a trade off in that high humidity brings other challenges such as increased fungal pressure on the turf and slower speeds on the greens.
We have a backlog of jobs on a list in my computer for 2012 extending beyond regular day to day maintenance. You will see many of those jobs completed in the next 8 weeks as we have a bit more help in the summer months with high schools let out. Last week several staff members helped in ridding the 15th tee area of several dozen growing walnut trees. We are only half complete as there are many more up on the hill beside the gold and black tees. Walnut trees seem to be more like weeds at times and they grow at incredible speed. Squirrels bury the prolific seeds and they grow from that.