February was relatively quiet for us on the course. Winter finally arrived and it dictated that we cover the greens. Hopefully we can remove the covers early this month. Before the snow and cold set in, we were able to treat all the tees, fairways, immediate roughs, and green surrounds with a very effective herbicide to control the goosegrass and crabgrass weed seed populations.
Once the weather breaks we will be back on the course finishing up the pre-emergent application. We just have about 25 rough acres to complete. The pruning of the crape myrtles will be done by mid-March. Then we will re-start trimming up the mature trees on the outside nine. Other crews will continue to raise/level the sprinkler heads in all the par 4 & 5 fairways. Bringing the heads up to grade will allow you to locate them easier when you are looking for the yardages stamped on the top of each head. Plus, the sprinklers will distribute the water more effectively.
About 100" of irrigation line will be re-routed just in front of #16 gold tee as soon as possible. A valve is leaking under the cart path and we need to relocate the main line so we can service that valve when needed. When we re-surfaced the cart path a few years ago, we had to move 15 path away from a large oak tree and part of it had to go over the main line for hole 16.
The landscape beds behind 3 green and by 6 tee boxes will be cleaned out and mulched with wood chips or pine straw.
This month I will be having surgery to replace my left hip joint. I will be out of work about one to two weeks. I hope to be 100% by mid-April and ready for the season.
Thanks for your time and I hope to see all of you soon.