Then it got cold! Since aerification we have been thrust back to "normal" spring temperatures which included four nights of frosty or near frosty temperatures immediately following aerification. This cold snap effectively halted the growth of our greens and along with it the recovery from aerification.
Today marks the beginning of a warming trend that has already spurred growth on our greens, which we have noticed through a remarkable increase in our clipping yield when we mow. I am hopeful that within the next week we will see nearly full closure of our aerification holes and putting will become smooth and true. As it is in the golf course maintenance industry, we are so often at the mercy of Mother Nature! Frustrating at times, but the forecast looks good for recovery to begin!
|Looking down on a green you can see holes that are beginning to disappear.|
|This picture shows a patch of a more cold tolerant variety of bent that has|