1st photo shows the construction getting started on #3 of the Cardinal.  2nd photo – as the construction crew finished laying the sod on the tee boxes, the golf course staff watered the sod with a wetting agent.  This process helps the sod hold moisture during the first couple of days until the sod roots down.  3rd photo – These little guys have seen the light of day for at least 10 years!  The crew has found most of the quick couplers and loop valves around the Cardinal greens.  This will allow our guys to hand water dry areas on the greens and not turn the overheads on to waste water.  Also finding the loop vales gives the irrigation tech the option to valve the green down to work on any irrigation that might be broken.  4th photo – the staff has put out its first of two applications for our mole cricket population.  The staff will follow up with a 2nd application in mid-June to eradicate any late mole cricket hatches.  The best time to control mole crickets is when they lay their eggs.  Once they get past the nymph stage, the mole crickets are difficult to control.  These two applications should keep the mole crickets in control for the year.  5th photo – last fall I demonstrated a dryject machine on sever greens on the Cardinal course.  This machine pushes dry sand into the green with less disturbance to the putting surface.  It creates a channel of sand through the organic matter that allow water to pass through and roots to grow into.   I’m happy to see this channel still in the soil profile.


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