may have experienced injury this winter, particularly in shaded areas. Avoid using
powered and pull carts in these areas.
areas may have to be replanted with seed, sod or sprigs, all of which require
frequent watering. Keep all traffic as far away as possible from these areas.
maintenance staff may have to give priority to repairing damaged areas and
spend less time on tasks such as bunker preparation and planting flowers.
·In many areas, the prolonged winter
conditions have prevented scheduled maintenance practices from being completed.
For example, putting-green aeration may have to be performed later than desired.
·On those courses with damaged greens,
remember that getting the greens back into good shape takes precedence over other
maintenance tasks.While no one wants to play temporary greens, removing traffic
from the damaged regulation greens can speed up recovery by weeks or even
·In many parts of the country, the
turf may still be dormant (brown). Dormant grass is extremely prone to injury
from concentrated traffic and will not begin the recovery process until it
turns green and begins growing. Although it is frustrating to golfers and
superintendents, the grass cannot be forced to grow and will do so only when
courses may have suffered damage to both turfgrass and trees. Debris cleanup
may need to be delayed while the course superintendent focuses on repairing the
no superintendent views winter damage as a good thing, some make the most of a
bad situation. Some might decide to convert to improved turfgrasses or begin
that major tree project that has been so badly needed.
Most importantly, be patient.
The recovery process takes time and is dependent on weather conditions.
Recognize that the superintendent wants the course back in top condition as
badly as you do. Staying patient is often the most difficult aspect of a spring