Wet & Cold Start to Spring 2017 ~ May 1st

May 2, 2017 Dean Baker

May 1st, 2017

The 2017 season is off to a cold wet start, we’ve even encountered a flood!

Here’s what we have so far:

  • Cooler temperatures with minimal turf growth on the golf course.
  • Greens remain at spring height until soil temperatures warm.
  • Greens remain at “spring slow speed”.   

Here’s what we are waiting for:

  • Warmer weather & warmer soil temperatures to arrive.
  • Turf to actively start growing.

The course remains healthy from the winter, but is in a holding pattern until warmer weather & soil temperatures increase.

Ironically, we went through a similar spring last year.

Click here to check out last year’s spring blog, June 14th 2016 "Climate Over Calendar".

It provides a good explanation on how the golf course grows, based on climate & not the calendar.  

It remains an informative read.

About the Author

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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