Thursday, August 27, 2015


The fall of the year is a great time to grow grass. This is a good thing, because we need to do some restoration of some areas, that for one reason or another, do not have grass on them.

During the senior tournament, we had a hydraulic oil leak on #1 green at Leslie Park. This resulted in three and a half lines of dead grass spanning the width of the green.

Dead grass.

We took some sod from the practice green to repair the area.

One line has been replaced.

Right before the City Championship in July, we also had a hydraulic leak on #5 fairway.

After a month, you can hardly see the area we replaced the damaged grass.

The area near the front of #4 fairway where we took the sod to replace #5. The bentgrass is growing in nicely, for the most part.

You might wonder why we took sod out of one place to put it in another. In this case, the extreme slope on #5 would have been very difficult to get grass to germinate on, without the bare soil eroding away. Taking it from #4, which is not a landing area but is pretty flat, allows me to control the soil moisture more easily.

This hydraulic leak on #3 is in a flatter area. This will probably be cut out with a sod cutter and seeded.

The end of the cart path on #9 got beaten down from cart traffic. It got some top soil and seed. It also was roped off to let the seed germinate.

The end of #4 cart path got a similar treatment.

The end of #8 path was very sandy and rocky. The top soil was added and then roto-tilled to make a better root zone.

The end of #3 was roto-tilled to loosen the soil before adding top soil and seed.

This area near #16 green has never recovered from the Traver Creek project. Hopefully, this time the grass will take.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

July 2015 Weather Summary

July turned out to be much more seasonable than the weather we have had the rest of the year. July should be summer-like and that is what we got. The high temperature for the month was 89.0 degrees (July 28th) while the low was 49.4. (July 3rd) The average temperature for the month was 70.4 degrees,  This is right between the average temperatures for 2014 and 2013. If you look back further, the average temperatures for July 2011 and 2012 were closer to 76 degrees, but each of those had 10 days that had high temperatures above 90, while the first day above that for 2015 came in August.

The record rainfall we had in June also came back toward normal levels, with only 2.17 inches of rain during the month. It was spread over 8 days with the most falling on the 9th (0.60 inches.) This also meant that we ran the irrigation for the first time this year. The All-City Championship ended on July 19th and the first full irrigation cycle happened on the 20th. That is definitely the latest that a full cycle has been used since I started with the city. Five days had at least a tenth of an inch of precipitation.

The average windspeed for the month was just 1.3 mph. The highest sustained windspeed was 23 mph, on the 31st.