Course “Clippings”
March, 2020 

 

    March is here and that brings time change and the first of spring. However that does not mean that cold temperatures are through with us yet. We can still have a chance of frost this month. February was a mild month even though we have some frosty mornings; this does have an effect on the greens. Every time the grass starts greening up it uses up its stores and those have to be replaced so you will see the crew applying products to the greens. The Poa Annua on the fairways has been sprayed and is starting to die out. The pre-emergent that was applied to the greens has worked very well in keeping Poa Annua and other winter weed out of our greens. We have also applied the first application of spring pre-emergent to the course
March also starts the season for the course so you will start seeing a lot more activity from maintenance. We have several projects that will start this month like, top dressing the greens root pruning around greens and after the scramble aerifiying the fairways and leveling tees.
The fairways have benefitted greatly from the reduction of traffic. Most notable is the weaker fairways and common areas were the carts were leaving the paths. Reducing the cart traffic during the time the grass is dormant helps to not wear out area that cannot recover because it plants are not growing. It is also helpful to keep traffic down when the grass is starting to green up as the grass is using its energy to produce leaves and is not spreading. This helps us to produce a better stand of grass on the fairways and make to course play better and look better.

Brian McMinn, GCSAA
Superintendent
Georgetown Country Club