Spring is in the air and the grooming of the golf course has picked up. Obviously when the temperatures increase the grass grows more, but what might not be as obvious the adjustments that need to be made within maintenance to keep up with these changes.
The biggest priority is keeping the Poa in check. It is going to seed and we have applied pre-emergent herbicides to combat that seed from germinating. Mowers need to pick up the clippings and dispose of the seed laden material off the golf course. Areas around greens that are very high in Poa are being sodded to prevent tracking of seed. And the Poa herbicides are being applied nearly daily to keep the Poa stressed and the rye and fescue strong and growing.
We have waited a long time for the new grass to mature and I am happy where that is today and how the golf course is playing coming off of aerification two weeks ago. It feels good to be moving into the time of year when course conditions are at their best.