This week we have been working a little slower because of the low night time temperatures freezing the ground. The guys in the earlier part of the week went from easy digging to having to hack out the frozen clay for our new drain lines. What we have found is that we are missing a drain line which we will install, and we are adding two more in the low area that we see most of our problems. Also the main line down the middle has been widened because the pipe was sitting next to the clay wall, and yet again there was no positive fall for the water to exit. Unfortunately this green lacks the appropriate sunlight and air movement and its becomes very important that we increase the drainage to help us dry the green down faster. We have made our goals modest for the week and we are achieving them day by day. We hope to have this project wrapped up and sod laid down by Monday afternoon.
If weather allows we will start to aerify the greens earlier this year in preparation for the golf season. Our basis behind this is usually we impact half of April and part of May and we lose a good amount of the year to greens healing. Our main concern is to make sure that we keep up the standards of being poa annua free in the greens and if we see a change in that next fall we will alter the schedule. I do not foresee an issue but it is always something that we need to be on a look out for. With that being said because we are aerifying the greens earlier, the month of March will be used to heal the greens.
|Above are the images we are using in the repairs|
of #6 green. Again the blue is water sitting in the green.
|Top left is the missing drain line we added,|
and the other two lines ,of which
one is in process.
|This is one problem we found, it appears the construction|
crew did not want to get the right fitting. So they drilled a hole and used foam to hold the pipe in. Not a good construction practice to use!