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A look into the greatness of Cascade…

It was only a few posts ago (Treating the soil) that I explained about treating the soil with “rinse-in” sprays. These sprays are the backbone of our program throughout the year just like the soil is the backbone of the playing surfaces. Without strong , healthy soils, the plants up top don’t do very well. This summer has been quite the test, but with the help of some fantastic products, we’ve been able to deliver nutrients and water to the roots in a quicker and more stable route. Thanks to GCSAAtv for filming this short segment and especially thanks to Precision Laboratories for manufacturing products that we could not live without!

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent

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Treating the soil…

This morning, you may have seen the greens being sprayed and then immediately getting watered. This is an effort to treat the soil with a few different products. By watering the greens right after the spray, not only does it hydrate the plant, but helps move the necessary bio-stimulants, soil nutrients, and wetting agents down to the roots and into the soil profile. We try to stick to a schedule of once a month with the same spray ingredients, plus or minus some soil nutrients. This whole process allows the roots to be fed during the summer heat stress and it allows water to move off the surface and into the root zone. A phrase taken from a wise mentor, “Standing water heats, moving water cools.” This helps summarize the reason for today’s spray, even when the high will be in the low 90s. Stay cool and hydrated, I know my greens certainly will be!

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent

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Aeration delayed due to rain…

I know most of you don’t hear me say this often, but unfortunately, we received quite a bit of rain this week.  Totals came in at 1.12″ from Monday night until Wednesday afternoon.  This obviously made aeration North greens  impossible and we had to delay until October 8-10.  Some have been inquiring about the South greens and those are scheduled for October 22-23.  Although I know most dislike the process, I cannot emphasize the necessity.  Instead of trying to explain it myself, I am leaving you with two great articles written by David A. Oatis, USGA Northeast Regional Director.  See you on the course!

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent