It is hard to believe that summer is more than halfway over. This summer’s weather has been much nicer than last year's monsoon. We have had a nice balance of typical Philly summer weather, heat waves, thunder storms, and hot nights. The golf course is extremely healthy as we head into the home stretch of summer.
Across the region, the golf course turf industry is seeing a bumper crop of weeds this year as a bi-product of last year's rain. Our agronomy team has been hard at work eliminating the pesky out of place plants using a variety of cultural and chemical controls. We have mowed down many of the fescue areas that were inundated with weeds. This is a great ecological way to reduce the population of herbaceous, woody weeds. We will be continuing to mow down many of the fescue areas as part of a multi-step program to improve these areas. Many areas of rough and fescue have been treated with selective herbicides to remove the weeds that subsist after mowing. This fall any thin areas will be over-seeded and fertilized for next season. Our goal in the fescue areas is to create a stand of primary fine fescue that is uniform, playable, and penal without being an automatic lost ball.
In August we will be aerating the greens, tees, and approaches. Thank you in advance for your understanding with the short-term compromised playing conditions. These few days of bumpy greens will set up an amazing fall of golf.