Agronomy Weekly

Good Morning,

This week has started like most weeks over the past few months.  Rain and more rain.  The constant rain has really been difficult to address certain course issues or even daily maintenance.  For instance, spraying for zoysia patch.  When the ground is saturated we cannot get the sprayer on the course without doing damage.  Also when the plant is fully saturated it will not take up the chemical properly.  On the days when it has been dry enough to spray we have had 20+ mph winds which also make it impossible to get the product into the turf canopy.   However, we continue to monitor the course as well as the forecast to make the necessary applications when we can.

The greens this week are being sprayed with two fungicides.  One of the fungicides could cause some slight discoloration to the greens.  This is common.  This fungicide is preventative application for the soil borne disease fairy ring.  This product must be watered in after the application to ensure soil contact.  This could directly effect the conditions of the greens today.  More importantly the speed.  Moisture in the plant creates a succulent leaf blade.  The leaves become swollen and tend to make the canopy sticky.  Today is forecasted to remain cloudy which means the greens will probably not dry out much.  In efforts to make them as smooth as possible we have mowed and rolled this morning.  As the week progresses into the weekend and next week the temperatures look promising.  We plan to fertilize the greens early next week.  This will provide a more dense canopy that can aid in a more true and consistent ball roll.  We certainly are looking forward to the warmer temperatures.

The rain has also prevented us from making much headway on adding sand to the newly renovated bunkers.  The equipment needed for this process can cause severe damage to wet turf.  Again, we continue to monitor the situation and will have sand added as soon as we possibly can to have these bunkers back in play.

I will keep everyone posted if this weeks weather should change and allow from some different practices to be done.  If you have any questions regarding the course please feel free to contact me.  I hope you all have a great week.

Best wishes,

Scott J. Newman Golf Course Superintendent

Spring Creek Ranch 12671 Monterey Road Collierville, TN 38017

Office: (901) 850-1129 Cell: (901) 201-0320

www.springcreekranch.org