Thursday, December 31, 2015

Strange Weather And What To Expect

For the past two weeks humidity has remained at or near 100%, temperatures have been well above normal and we've had almost 5 inches of rain.  Weeds that typically bloom in March are blooming now, daffodils are blooming, and a host of other spring like issues are affecting us now in December. What this means for the 2016 golf season isn't totally clear, but it's safe to say that we'll have to adjust our strategy and will face some challenges.


The fairways will almost certainly be affected by Zoysia patch, a disease that thrives in wet conditions.  We treat for this each fall, but it's doubtful we'll see full control given the circumstances. Poa annua (annual bluegrass) will be a huge issue as it's already putting out seed roughly 12 weeks ahead of schedule.  Algae, moss, and other wet weather pests will require extra attention when spring finally arrives.  A number of other issues related to the wet conditions will require new and or extra effort, but golf will go on!

While it's mildly depressing to see the course in it's current state, it's safe to say that we'll have another great year of golf in 2016.  Patience is the key.

 

Zoysia patch will likely be widespread in 2016


Not sure exactly what this is, but it's affecting all greens at the moment.  We'll watch it closely, but more than likely it will subside with colder, drier, and/or sunnier weather.  

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