I am thrilled at how the greens and the golf course for that matter are looking right now and I hope everyone who plays the course is happy with it also.
Helping us in getting the golf course in this condition are three of my favorite "Tools of the Trade" that many of you may have seen us out on the golf course using.
WatchDog 2900ET Weather Station which provides us with on-site weather information which is relayed wirelessly to the computer in the golf course maintenance building. It is better to have an on-site weather station so we can determine what is happening on our golf course and not relying on a weather station miles away. The best feature of the weather station is the evapotranspiration rates which it records for the day. The evapotranspiration rate is the amount of moisture lost by the plant during the day to evaporation, respiration, and transpiration. Using this value I can conserve water by only applying enough water back to the golf course through the irrigation system to return the plant to a predetermined percentage. That means that I may only need to apply 5 minutes of water instead of 8 or 10 thus saving water and electricity and reducing the opportunities for diseases to affect the turfgrass.