May & June CCC

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The drill and fill aerification is an aggressive one. It is a 15/16″ drill bit going approximately 8″ into the green. It then fills the column with course sand. It will insure our greens continue to drain.
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It is quite a laborious process.
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The holes are on 7″ spacing.
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It took us over an hour to do the putting green.
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It also required almost our entire team.
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The first green went a little faster, of course it is smaller but the team was getting into a groove.
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We have to tear them up to keep them looking like this moving forward.
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Once the material had a little time to dry we drag the greens with a coco mat.
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Also slow go.
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The time is well worth the effort.
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Then we blow away the excess, mostly organic matter.
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Voila!
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Repeat same steps for 21 greens.
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Pending rain would not be our friend until we get them all done.
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Up close look at the surface following a thorough drag.
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We don’t stop there, time to do an aggressive verticutting.
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Not once but twice!
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Up close look at the verticutting lines. This is the first of many of during the summer, no more grain.
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After double verticutting it is hard to see the holes.
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Then we drag everything again.
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Blow to remove the thatch.
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A closer look following cleanup.
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Remember where we started.
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Once the greens are opened up like they are now, it is time to treat for sub-surface pest. This application is designed to kill pathogens that we could not get product to otherwise, like “Fairy Ring” fungi.
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The chemicals need to be watered in to the desired depth to insure good results.
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Finally we’ll start thinking about smoothing the surface back out.
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A little more sand for good measure.
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Another dragging, are you noticing a pattern?
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Up close look afterwards.
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A good dose of fertilizer to get things going.
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We’ll give the greens the weekend off to heal and grow. Monday we’ll reevaluate if the surface has been worked enough.
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By the way, while all that is happening, we start prepping the clubhouse interior for some new paint. First thing is to empty the entire building.
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The place is going to be as good as new.
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We strategically place six of these storage containers around the clubhouse.
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Proshop container.
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Oops, blocked the road.
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Driving range tee took a whipping this last season.
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We found a process to level it mechanically.
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It is called a turf planer.
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It took a while to figure out but we settled on 1 1/4″ deep.
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Depth is aggressive but looks great.
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Removing plenty of material.
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An after photo.
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Laser leveled.
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Not a lot of turf left behind but it will come back quickly.
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We did the back practice tee as well.
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Time for topdressing.
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A good 1/4″ of sand.
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Its like a day at the beach.
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Time to grow it back, a little fertilizer.
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Scary to look at but it will be fine.
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Here is what we pulled out of the tee, wow!
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Turned out to be some good sprigs so we thought why not plant the is the areas in need.
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After, just needs a little water. By the way we got an 1 1/4″ later that same day.
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Guys are leveling drains in #9 fairway.
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To bake a cake you have to break a few eggs.
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A couple of our shelled friends.
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This hawk like the view from the range.
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Maybe a little camera shy.
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Another of our shelled friends.
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This guy is good for pace of play.
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Playing through!
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Love is in the air.
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Gators are terrible about etiquette, didn’t even rake his tracks.
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Great shot of the range during a tournament earlier this year.
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Luigi does fine work.
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We hosted an event in May for the local Pros and Superintentdents.
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Turnout was great.
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Plenty still to do but there is always tomorrow. Thanks for reading.
Posted: 6/26/2017 6:11:38 PM by Chechessee Creek Club | with 0 comments


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