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Los Gatos, California, United States
Kevin is currently the certified superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club. Kevin was the Director of Maintenance at Lahontan Golf Club for over 14 years. Some of the responsibilities over the expanse of his career include the daily upkeep of multiple golf courses, natural resources, environmental compliance, and roads and streets. The wide ranging expertise has come from a combination of education and experiences. Degrees in Meteorology (1987 University of Nebraska/Lincoln), and Horticulture (1992 Colorado State), complete the formal side of this important combination of qualifications. A lifetime of experience around golf courses, and the game of golf was provided by Kevin's father.

Friday, March 1, 2013

I was thinking about our weather this winter and the difficulty in moving forward with the planning  of our seasonal maintenance. Things like choosing fertilizers, soil amendments, seeding and pesticide applications, and it has been difficult. The reason for my trepidation is largely due to the weather and the lack of growing conditions.


A general rule of thumb is .... if the sum of high and low temperatures is greater than 100 then you will have growth. If you sum up the dates below, there are 13 days over 100. A lack of moisture allows the temperature to drop quickly at night and the precipitation recorded below shows us at about 4.8 inches below normal for the month of February. Having so little precipitation and the cold temperatures is not unheard of here, but it is unusual.

Overall, I think the course is playing well, but it sure has been difficult to plan what may be 'normal'. What has been determined for spring maintenance is that greens and tees will be aerated with half in tines and the tees will be verticut with the graden behind the aerification. Fairways will be spiked and seeded and then topdressed and fertilized. Roughs will be aerated and fertilized and seeded in select areas. Our herbicide applications will be slightly delayed, and conditions evaluated daily for growth of bermuda and crab grass, and any type of insect development.

Monthly Planner for
Los Gatos, CA (95030)
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FebruaryNext Month
Sun
 
 
Mon
 
 
Tue
 
 
Wed
 
 
Thu
 
 
Fri
  1
OBSERVED
Hi 67°F
Lo 40°F
Precip (in)
0in.
Sat
  2
OBSERVED
Hi 56°F
Lo 46°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  3
OBSERVED
Hi 57°F
Lo 45°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  4
OBSERVED
Hi 56°F
Lo 39°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  5
OBSERVED
Hi 54°F
Lo 45°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  6
OBSERVED
Hi 57°F
Lo 38°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  7
OBSERVED
Hi 55°F
Lo 36°F
Precip (in)
0.05in.
  8
OBSERVED
Hi 52°F
Lo 40°F
Precip (in)
0.02in.
  9
OBSERVED
Hi 56°F
Lo 34°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  10
OBSERVED
Hi 59°F
Lo 34°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  11
OBSERVED
Hi 62°F
Lo 36°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  12
OBSERVED
Hi 61°F
Lo 38°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  13
OBSERVED
Hi 64°F
Lo 39°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  14
OBSERVED
Hi 69°F
Lo 41°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  15
OBSERVED
Hi 72°F
Lo 44°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  16
OBSERVED
Hi 67°F
Lo 44°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  17
OBSERVED
Hi 62°F
Lo 44°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  18
OBSERVED
Hi 57°F
Lo 41°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  19
OBSERVED
Hi 51°F
Lo 42°F
Precip (in)
0.21in.
  20
OBSERVED
Hi 59°F
Lo 37°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  21
OBSERVED
Hi 58°F
Lo 37°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  22
OBSERVED
Hi 62°F
Lo 37°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  23
OBSERVED
Hi 57°F
Lo 46°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  24
OBSERVED
Hi 61°F
Lo 39°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  25
OBSERVED
Hi 60°F
Lo 36°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  26
OBSERVED
Hi 65°F
Lo 39°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  27
OBSERVED
Hi 67°F
Lo 39°F
Precip (in)
0in.
  28
OBSERVED
Hi 65°F
Lo 44°F
Precip (in)
0in.
 
 
 
 
FORECAST: Updated Mar 1 10:08 a.m. PT

Month-to-Date Totals

  Temperatures  Precipitation
80°F Record High
Highest
so far 72°F 
Lowest 34°F  so far
 62°F Avg. High
 41°F Avg. Low
21°F Record Low

Month
to Date0.28 in. 
 Average5.06 in.

 Kevin

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