Friday, August 2, 2013
Lack of Sun=Lack of Turfgrass Growth
July of 2012 had an average temperature of 83 degrees, with a high of 107 and a low of 77. This past July saw our average temperature of only 78 degrees with a high of 94 and a record low of 62. Rainfall in 2012 was recorded to be 6.87 inches for the month while 2013 saw a total of 8.33 inches total for the month of July. Although the rain was an issue this year, the biggest issue to the turfgrass was the amount of cloud cover that we encountered this year. We experienced 25 days out of 31 which were considered to be substantially cloudy. Lack of sunlight for our Champion greens is more detrimental during the summer months than the lack of high temperatures. The limited sunlight has restricted many of our weak areas from healing in completely and has caused the greens to begin elongating as the greens think it is already September and they are getting ready for their long winter nap.