Verti-draining Greens & Top Dressing Fairways ~ Oct. 31st to Nov. 4th

October 18, 2016 Dean Baker

Verti-Draining Greens & Top Dressing Fairways ~ Oct. 31st to Nov. 4th 

Greens… In replacement of our Drill & Fill on greens this November, we will be verti-draining which includes topdressing to fill the holes. This will help the greens prepare for the long winter ahead. This procedure is far less disruptive than Drill & Fill, holes will fill quicker, ball roll will definitely be smoother.  Greens will be sandy from the topdressing.
Expect temporary holes (on the approach) for those green being worked on.

Fairways… This fall we are starting the bi-annual practice of topdressing fairways. Two applications of sand will go down late fall & early spring. This will help firm fairways creating a stronger/tighter surface with less thatch. In time, this will help us with a stronger plant root zone, better disease control. Firming up fairways will also produce a longer ball roll! Disruption will be minimal as the sand will be brushed in shortly after the application.
The ball may see some sand accumulation, that’s it.   

 Of course, these procedures are weather dependant. Rain/wet weather will have us moving further into the week, possible the week after. The Turf Department always appreciates the members’ patience during these practices. 

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Dean Baker

Dean Baker, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (27 years). He joined Burlington Golf & Country Club in 2012, where he has enjoyed the remodelling 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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