Bemidji Town & Country Club Online Newsletter - 08/05/19

Course Update


I wanted to inform the membership of a cultural maintenance practice we will be performing on the greens on Monday August 12th and Tuesday August 13th. The objective of this program is to maintain turf health at an optimal level as we continue to battle the summer heat and peak golfing and equipment traffic in August and September. The goals of this program include:

Venting: This helps wet spots dry out and dry spots become more receptive to water that is applied, creating a more consistent playing surface.

Compaction Relief: By making holes in the surface and fracturing the soil, we are creating pore space to encourage deeper and stronger roots. This will help the turf tolerate the heat and traffic stress.

Gas Exchange: Oxygen will be allowed into the soil while built up carbon dioxide is able to escape, creating a healthy growing environment for the turf which leads to a stronger plant.

Dethatching: Verticut mowing which removes thatch and organic matter.

Topdressing: A light topdressing of sand, when incorporated into the profile will help dilute thatch and organic matter, fill in imperfections on the surface which will lead to smoother putting conditions.

As mentioned previously, we will be doing nine holes Monday August 12th and nine holes on Tuesday August 13th. The nine holes we are working on will be closed. We will open up the holes when we successfully complete the process. The recovery time for this will be very short. I appreciate your patience allowing me to complete this necessary maintenance practice.

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