There is nothing like a weekend of hot humid weather to finish off a
frustrating month and trigger some diverse pest activity on the golf
courses. This week we have seen anthracnose activity on bentgrass, some
mild pythium damage, further dollar spot activity and some etiolation
showing up on turfgrasses. To say it has been frustrating is probably
an understatement, further to that however was the gully washer coming
through on Monday night which brought relief and subsidence in problems
arising. The first test of how surfaces may look for the rest of the
summer if it gets hot and sticky was a little uncomfortable - lets hope
the NOAA prediction of a cooler than normal summer is true!
Following the intense storms on Monday night there was substantial
flooding and soil profiles are of course extremely wet. The sooner we
can get some drying out the better we will be as roots definitely did
not like how hot it was last weekend. Green speeds suffered a little
bit with the moisture which was unfortunate but surface conditions
really have begun to round into shape with many courses starting to
shine in the summer sun. It is the Fourth of July and I think many
people will be happy to see that temperatures are forecast in the 70's
and low 80's for the weekend ahead.
The appearance of the etiolation on the turf has been frustrating and
there has been a lot of conversation ongoing over the last few years.
The management strategy will discuss some of the most recent output and
whether or not our research project at Ridgemoor CC has shown any
results as of yet. Finally the storm left its mark in many ways this
week; luckily the winds did not flatten too many trees and so clean up
of limbs and bunkers was the main focus. Let's hope July dries out and
the average high is 80 degrees! Happy holiday weekend to everyone.