Monday, September 20, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
I can't tell you how many times I have heard a golfer say, "Just when the greens were good, you go and wreck them by punching them full of holes and cover them in sand"!
Aerification (or coring) is a very long and hard task that I for one would be happy if it was never required. But there are many reasons why aerification must be done. I can simply say it is for the health of the turf. But more specifically it does many things. It removes thatch which naturally builds up over time and if left to increase will eventually be thick enough the roots will be growing completely in the thatch and not in soil. This would result in the death of the turf when any weather extremes such as heat, drought or ice build up happened. Thatch will also harbour insects and increases the greens susceptibility to diseases. Aerification also helps to increase the oxygen levels in the soil. The roots of the grass need oxygen just as much as you or I. In addition to these, aerification also allows for better infiltration of water and fertilizer to the roots, it reduces compaction caused by equipment and foot traffic, and it helps to level out the playing surface from ball marks and hole changing. It will also remove layering in the soil, improve the grain on the surface, and it even firms the green which will help to improve the putting and the greens ability to better stand up to ball marks.
Cores are shoveled off the green surface by hand. There are core harvester machines that would save this back breaking process, but every time I have used them they dig into the putting surface leaving mechanical damage that is slow to heal. So, plastic snow shovels it is!
(By the way, a special thank you to my staff for not telling me where to go when you were asked to do this task!!)
Once the cores are off the green surface, crews shovel them up into utility vehicles and haul them away. This material is stock piled for use in other projects as the soil itself is very usable.
Both fertilizer and Bent grass seed is applied to the green.
A layer of sand, or "top dressing" is put down. If too little sand is applied, we end up with open holes, requiring us to go back and add more sand. Too much sand requires manual removal and is obviously wasteful, so having a keen eye as it is being applied is critical. The sand is left to dry so it can be worked into the holes. On the days we punched clouds slowed this process. Having too much sun and high temperatures can cause the turf to go into heat stress and die. Thus, having the adequate balance between warm and dry but not too warm and sunny is always a concern. The application of sand is the single slowest process of this day. The hopper usually empties between two to three passes, then has to be driven back to the parking lot to fill up with sand again.
Once the sand has had a chance to dry a brush is pulled over the sand knocking it into the open holes. Usually three times over in slightly different directions will fill most holes.
We then send a triplex over the green with special brushes which will pick up debris left behind from the process.
A roller is now sent out to settle out any high spots caused from the tines being pulled up and out of the ground. This also firms up the entire surface.
Now we use a tool called a Level Lawn to push any excess sand around to fill any left over holes or to remove extra sand completely off the surface.
PICKERING -- Two years after a rain storm put the Whitevale bridge under water, the City is planning for a full replacement.
The Whitevale bridge in the centre of the hamlet, along with Whitevale Road and a lot of land, was under water from massive flash flooding in July, 2008.
Staff originally thought $60,000 in repairs would save the bridge problems but has since learned the entire bridge will have to be replaced.
"This is a very exciting project," said Ward 3 Regional Councillor Rick Johnson, pointing out the bridge is in an important heritage district in Pickering.
The City has decided to go with SRM Associates to undertake a class environmental assessment and detail design for the replacement, which will cost about $380,000. This phase of the project is eligible for federal gas tax funding.
The replacement will be a key project for the new council in the 2011 capital budget.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Rattle Snake Point was the site of the annual George S. Lyon competition. This event has teams from across Southern Ontario made up of the top four finishers in their respective Club Championships.
Whitevale finished in 2nd place behind a team from Mississaugua Golf Club.
The players were Mark Brewer, Mark Burrell, Niilo Schonfeld and Alex Letros.
Wednesday the focus switched to Westview Golf Club. The event was the District Foursomes final.
Whitevale won the Championship. Congratulations to the Team of Sue Dickinson, Zona Pereira, Ann Griffin and Barb Rogers. Linda Briggs and Dee Steinwall also played in the earlier Qualifying events.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
|2nd Gross||Angela Colm||271|
|3rd Gross||Ann Griffin|
|1st Gross||Jim Glover||243|
|2nd Gross||Mike Karl||247|
|1st Net||Al Swartz||213|
|2nd Net||Steve Hewitt||220|
|1st Gross||Nello Mariani||265|
|2nd Gross||Tom Fennell||266|
|1st Net||Paul Lacour||222|
|2nd Net||Craig Colquhoun||227|
|1st Gross||John Scinocco||279|
|2nd Gross||Paul Martin||282|
|1st Net||Tom Budgen||223|
|2nd Net||Tom Kelly||225|
|1st Gross||Ed Hanna||247|
|2nd Gross||Brian Sambleson||268|
|1st Net||Frank Winter||216|
|2nd Net||Ted Addie|
|1st Gross||Lucy Blais||287|
|1st Net||Donna Power||244|
|1st Gross||Maureen Rutter||327|
|1st Gross||Phyllis Burgan||313|
|1st Net||Georgia Colquhoun||252|
|JR Club Champ|
|1st Gross||Brandon Wieser||262|
|1st Net||Brian McGilton||216|
|1st Gross||Matt Grape||265|
|1st Net||Andrew Berndt||234|
|1st Gross||Mark Wodz||251|
|1st Net||Daniel Brunato||256|
|1st Gross||Meghan Bennett||280|
|1st Net||Alisha Corringham||247|
|1st Gross||Sue Dickinson||191|
|1st Net||Andrea Kerr||141|
Monday, September 6, 2010
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