An ice layer formed on the putting greens over the last couple of weeks. Ice and turf do not go well together; over prolonged periods of ice cover turfgrasses will essentially suffocate. However, our cool-season turfgrasses are usually hardy enough to withstand a short period of ice encasement. With that in mind, this week's weather pattern was our cue to begin working on the greens for the season.
Today we finished removing snow from the greens. After snow removal, we also applied a humic acid product that is black in color which helps attract more heat. This will accelerate the melting of snow and ice in addition to helping the soil temperatures of the putting surfaces warm up faster once the snow and ice clears.
With all this work on the putting greens, the grooming of our ski trails has been suspended for the season. You may still access the trails, however, please be aware that the warming temperatures and our snow removal equipment have compromised many sections of trail.
I hope you all have enjoyed the winter season and are looking ahead to another great golf season. As always, if you feel the need to be on the golf course during the shoulder season, please be respectful of the putting greens, equipment operators, and migrating wildlife.