On the calendar below, I have circled the days that it rained in April. We received 4.72 inches of rain for the month. We received some degree of rainfall on 13 days of the month. The rain, combined with cool temperatures and the lack of sunshine has left the golf course very soft. Hopefully this week we will begin to dry a bit.
In addition to the excessive moisture making for wet and muddy playing conditions, is the fact that cool - saturated soil conditions in the spring reduce the spring rooting capability of the grassplant. The spring period is when a healthy turf is able to establish a deep and dense root system following the winter months. The root structure is the mainstay of the grassplant as it enters the stressful summer months. The saturated soil conditions during the month of April may well have an impact on the health of the course in the months ahead. We will be taking advantage of all agronomic practices available at our disposal over the next few weeks to promote increased root growth on the turf.