With the heat and humidity this week, Yukon knew it would be important to stay cool and enjoy as much cool fresh water as possible. We are doing the same with the turf; playing a little defense and making sure we can get through this nastiest part of the summer.
On Monday we used the aerators to punch tiny solid tine holes in the greens. The holes allow water to continue passing through the top layer of turf and to the roots. In addition, the holes allow air to access the roots which helps delay the sloughing off of root mass that inevitable happens during this hot and gross time of year. The holes stayed open on Monday and then we rolled greens on Tuesday to get them putting back to normal.
With moisture in the ground and high night time temperatures, fungus on turfgrass is loving life. While mostly unnoticeable, dollar spot, brown patch and some pythium are working in certain areas through the rough. We apply preventative and curative fungicides in order to keep the rough as consistent as possible and limit too much thinning. All of our tall fescue areas remain in beautiful shape while the ryegrass continues to suffer from heavy disease pressure. We will continue to monitor rough conditions this summer and in the fall be able to install tall fescue sod into any ryegrass areas that didn't survive the summer.
With all of our existing quick coupler's around greens and tees changed out, we are now working to add some connections where needed. Previously here on 18 blue tee we had to dismantle the sprinkler head in order to hand water the tee with a hose. Now with a new quick coupler, we can quickly plug our hose in, water the tee where necessary and move along.
Our friendly horse guard wasps are back in a few select bunkers (they wouldn't slow down enough for a picture). These wasps are basically harmless and are just hunting around for horse flies to kill. They love dry sandy areas of which we have more than 70 of around the golf course. Just play your shot as normal and be thankful you are not getting bit by a horse fly. The wasps will be gone in a few weeks.
With the hot weather set in, the grasses and weeds along the stream banks really start growing like crazy. We try to manage the banks with weedeaters and most of these areas have some sort of shade around them to provide the crew some relief when needed. We encourage everyone to work at an intelligent pace in the heat and to make sure they are staying hydrated.