Welcome to August… & Mid-Summer Wear & Tear

August 6, 2019 Dean Baker

BGCC Turf Bulletin

Welcome to August… & Mid-Summer Wear & Tear

We have officially cleared the halfway mark of the season. Don’t blink… the summer will be over! August has started with great weather and the course continuing to hold up well. In July we saw some intense heat and heavy thunder showers. July gave us 143mm’s of rain compared to the monthly average of 70mm’s. The rain was helpful keeping the course green but the heat that followed produced some wet wilt / summer stress of turf. Particularly effecting our poa annua on heavy traffic areas i.e. tees, some fairways, green approaches & collars.

This time of year, August into September is when we will see the effects of busy summer traffic show up the most. As days begin to get shorter, less sunlight and recovery potential will see turf struggle during this busy time. Turf areas most effected, as mentioned, we plan to seed or re-sod when the weather is more favourable for recovery, late August / September.   

This is the most important time for members to take care of their golf course. Repairing ballmarks and fixing/filling divots is crucial during this time of continued traffic and summer stress.     

About the Author

Dean Baker

Dean Baker, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (Since 1989). He joined Burlington Golf & Country Club in 2012, where he has enjoyed the remodeling and renovation of this historic 1922 Stanley Thompson design. Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he remains involved with the program he graduated from, Associate Diploma in Turf Management. There he lends his expertise as an instructor to upcoming turf managers, by instructing the Human Resources for Turf Managers Course.

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