The picture above is our double jar feeder that we made. This feeder will be filled with a 50/50 mix of water and sugar for the bees to eat when they first arrive in the hive. The reason for the feeder is so the bees get acclimated to the new hive and queen. Once the bees are comfortable in the hive the jar will be removed from the top box and the bees will roam for their own for food.
What up with the painted bunkers? Well this winter we are doing some research with turf protectants on our bunker edges/noses. Throughout the winter even with timely snows and winter watering our southern exposed bunker faces desiccate. This winter we tried something new. In late November we applied our first of a monthly application of Turf Screen tank mixed with a anti-transparent on our bunker surrounds. The Turf Screen product is basically a sun screen for turf. With our higher than normal solar radiation and our higher altitude coupled with dry winter air the Turf Screen should limit the desiccation. The Turf Screen coupled with the anti-transparents, wetting agents and hand watering should limit our damage to our southern exposed bunkers.
Why, just before sunrise, does the temperature seem to drop?
Just before sunset and continuing throughout the evening the atmosphere near the Earth's surface starts to cool this is called radiational cooling. Not until sunrise is when the sun starts heating up the atmosphere, but this is when you actually see the coldest temperatures of the night. Now since cold air is heavier than warm air this cold air settles to lower elevations. Then when you add in colder temperatures we can actual have our worst frost slightly after sunrise. This occurred this morning at The Pinery since we sit low in the Cherry Creek Valley. We had a hard frost on the lower elevations of the course where the upper elevations had no frost. As you can see in this mornings weather report the lowest temperature occurred just after sunrise at 7am 34.4 degrees.
So just because you didn't have frost at your home doesn't mean we wont have frost at the course. Always check in with the pro shop in the spring and fall for any frost delays.
A few weeks ago we had a duckweed bloom in two of our lakes literally overnight?
Of course this was just before labor day. Fortunately we had some aquatic herbicide Cutter in the chemical storage room. Cutter went down at 1 lb/ per surface acre tank mixed with a surfacent at 100 oz/ acre. The products were sprayed with a spray gun (large droplet size to prevent drifting) covering the entire lake surface. The next day there was no change and I was a bit upset, but on the third day the duckweed was 1/2 gone and the fourth day so long duckweed!
The latest weather that passed through Colorado over the last seven days gave way to a 1 in 1000 weather event. Which actually means that there is a .1% chance of a storm event like that happening yearly, so its very rare. This type of storm event is actually called Return Period Event. This does not mean that a 1000 year storm happens regularly every 1000 years. It means the probability of a 1000 year storm has a .1% chance of happening yearly. These storm events are calculated by NOAA with historical records and statistical models. Most weather records only go back to the 1870's. So a statistical model or unobserved event is used to predict the severity of that event so NOAA can label such large historic storms.
It might be a late spring but our new Mountain Chickadee nest boxes have been a great success, Eggs are everywhere! Our Mountain bluebird nest boxes are filled with eggs as well. We can't wait to see the baby birds hatch. It's been very cool to re-populate both of these species to the area.
Day 21 of aerification is a no go. Thankfully we completed all of our greens this Monday and Tuesday before this latest spring storm. This is the fourth week in a row where we have had an accumulation of snow on the ground in the middle of the week. The weather this April has been most challenging but we are pushing through, the moisture has been great!
As of today most of aerification is finished we still have eleven fairways to go and some rough. It will be nice to finish everything up next week so we can move on to other projects. Thanks to my hard working crew this week on getting the greens done!!
Just wanted to give our members a quick recap on spring 2013 aerification. It can be summed up in one word SNOW. One upside this springs aerification is the moisture we are receiving from these snow storms. So far this month we have received a foot of the white stuff. Unfortunately is has come in smaller storms about a week apart. The cold weather in early April made us push back aerification a week to 8th. That Monday we finished all the tees and then we received 6 inches if snow, the rest of the week was lost. The next week we were going to start fairways guess what snow on that Monday after noon. Over the next 3 days we received 6 inches, that week was lost. Now here we are the 22nd of April trying fairways again? Well the day started good and we got two fairways punched, but the snow started falling around noon, with 3-7 inches in the forecast. Rest of the week lost, we will see? The future forecast looks promising for fairways and maybe greens on the 29th? That's spring in Colorado for you. Lets hope we can catch a break over the next few weeks.
Never Mess with Mother Nature, she will win every time.