Allister MacKenzie

“A golf course should be made interesting and a good test of golf by the tilt of the greens and the character of the undulations.”

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maintenance Day

Today is the 3rd scheduled maintenance day of the season.  Maintenance days give us an opportunity to complete cultural practices which would otherwise be difficult during normal play.  Today we vented the greens with a small 1/4" solid tine, lightly top-dressed and flushed.

Order of Operations

1. Mow greens
2. Vent greens
3. Roll greens
4. Top-dress greens
5. Spray greens with products to assist with the flush (remove salts and bicarbonates)
6. Apply granular amendments to assist with the flush
7.  Water in everything (flush)

This time of year is when we start to see a decrease in root mass.  The decrease in root mass makes the greens more susceptible to compaction and thinning caused by casual foot traffic and mechanical wear.  We are also entering the beginning of nematode season.  Historically nematodes at Pasatiempo become active early winter to early spring but other coastal courses frequently experience activity starting now. The best defense against a nematode outbreak will always be a healthy plant.  Maintenance days give us the time to perform cultural practices needed to provide an environment for healthy turf.  We thank you for your understanding and support.  The next maintenance day will be on Monday, September 8th.
Solid 1/4" Tine (Vent)
Before Roll


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