Thursday, October 20, 2016

First Frost: 10-13-2016

We saw our first frost of the season on Thursday (October 13th) morning.  This will get the leaves falling and start slowing the turf growth down.  It's an inconvenience to my maintenance team and golfers, but it makes a pretty picture.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hayrack Ride & Bonfire

Last Friday, we had our annual hayrack ride & bonfire at FCO.  As usual, it was a great turnout and seemed to be enjoyed by all who came out.  With the soft course conditions it made it difficult to get a path mapped out for the hayrack ride, but we came up with one on the north side of the course which separated the kids from the fire.  It worked out perfect as we didn't have kids jumping out in front of the tractor or jumping off the hayrack during the ride.  Thank you to all who came out and enjoyed the festivities!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

#1 Cottonwood Removal

Friday, we were forced to remove one of the large Cottonwoods that overhangs the right side of #1 fairway.  There was a large split on the backside of the tree and it was only a matter of time until it gave way and came crashing down on the fairway.  This is what I would consider a 'high profile' tree and with the Oak tree beside it dying, we will address that area with new trees this fall or next spring.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Greens Aerification Process

September 6th (Tuesday), we completed aerification on the greens.  We used 1/2" cores on 1.5" spacing.  Once cored and clean, we then topdress and drag/blow the sand to get all the holes filled.  It was a long day, but the guys did a great job and the end results show.

The following day, we got greens overseeded with T-1 bentgrass.  It is a perfect time to get that completed with the aerification holes serving as a great seed bed.  In the coming weeks, we'll start to see the germination from the overseeding.  Early next week, we'll get our granular application of fertilizer down which will help aide in the recovery process.  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fairway Overseeding

By weeks end, we will complete our fairway overseeding program.  This will be the 4th consecutive season we have overseeded the fairways and it's made a world of difference in the quality of turf. This is a long, 3 day process of sitting on a tractor and dodging sprinkler heads.  Austen is at the helm of the tractor and doing a great job!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tee Aerification & Overseeding

Monday we completed the tee box aerification and overseeding process.  We pulled 1/2" cores on 2.5" spacing followed by 5lb/m of Perennail Rye.  Once seeded, we brushed the tees so the seed would fall in the aerification holes giving it a great seed bed for germination.  With the shot of rain last night (.6"), we should be seeing germination by the end of the week,  The process went great and caused zero disruption to golf.  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Emerald Ash Borer- Course of Action

As many of you are aware, the Emerald Ash Borer is confirmed to be in Omaha and is already effecting many Ash trees in the area.  I did a inventory of Ash trees and counted a total of 65 trees with 31 being considered 'high profile'.  The trees that are 'high profile' have been tagged and treated.  Treatments will continue every 20 months until we hear we're in the clear.  The untreated trees (marked with a white dot) will be removed this winter.  To offset the loss of so many trees, we have begun putting together a tree replacement program and will plant new trees in the future months.  To monitor the trees, I will create a inventory book which will include a picture of each tree, measurements and the amount of chemical injection that was used per tree.  We're hoping to stay ahead of this and salvage the best Ash trees on the property we can.