In the fall Golf Course Superintendent's prepare their courses for the winter months. Various activities are performed like aeration, fertilization, topdressing and preventative fungicide applications for snow mold diseases are applied. At Metamora all of the above activities are performed, but we also raise our mowing heights on greens and mow everything less heading into winter. This is done to insure the plants can produce and store as many carbohydrates as possible.
I have had several opportunities throughout the winter to inspect turf conditions and I haven't seen anything to be concerned with. There were a couple of instances where ice had formed on the putting and fairway surfaces, but it wasn't there long enough to cause any harm. When ice forms, a clock so to speak starts, and we keep track of the days turf is under ice. This winter that clock has restarted a couple of times including now. For more information on ice damage view past posts under the winter labels. Below I have included several photos of what I have seen inspecting the course and everything so far has been positive.
|Ice sheet formed on green|
|Snow removed to reveal no ice|
|Ice sheet melting creating porous ice|
As mentioned, ice did form as seen in the left photo, but through melt, ice sheet turned into a porous breathable ice as seen in middle picture. In the third photo more snow came, but after removing snow no new ice formed.
|Exposed green and no problems|
|Renovated bunkers are draining well|
|No signs of snow molds|
Thanks for reading and please check back in the coming weeks for further updates. We will see everyone on the golf course soon.