I promise - spring will be here
ONE of these days. March 20th officially marks the
first day of spring, but the 10 day forecast doesn't promise any substantial
warmth in the near future. Think
WARM! Given the amount of snow cover
this winter, concern has risen among superintendents regarding the health of
their greens. Ice can be a problem, especially
if it’s a solid sheet of ice, as this may cause the grass to go anaerobic, i.e.
suffocate. At Kemper we currently have
about ½” sheet of ice which appears to be porous. This allows oxygen to reach the plant. This is a fa vorable condition.
A good test to see if greens are viable is to take plugs and bring them inside. This forces the grass to break dormancy and allows superintendents to assess the health of their greens with the snow cover. On March 6th, we took two plugs from the 5th hole- one in the front and one in the back. Currently everything appears to be healthy. The images below show the increasing viability of the samples from March 6th through today.