Cold temperatures have put growth on hold the past 2 weeks. Soil temperatures have dropped into the upper 40's and that is low enough that grass will go dormant.
The mowing schedule lately has consisted of mowing tees once a week, greens twice a week, and it has been 2 weeks since roughs and fairways have been cut. To maintain greens speeds rolling has been used, but cutting grass has not been necessary to maintain speeds of 11.
|The back of #3 green frosty at 10:30am Saturday 1/13/13|
I was recently asked why there was seed still in the divot sand bottles. I estimate that it costs the club about $250 dollars a month in the winter for divot sand and seed, so it would not be a large amount of savings to not have seed in the sand. When seed is put out during these low temperatures it will germinate but little growth will occur until soil temperatures are above 55 degrees. So we may need to be patient for those divots to fill in, however I like the idea of having the seed in place and ready when those temperatures do arrive. A good example of this is the practice area teeing ground. Those divots recover in enough time to get through the tee rotation, which is crucial to keep the area open and playable. So although things are slow, there is still a little growth going on, and a lot of chilled workers early in the morning working on frost projects.