Friday, April 22, 2011
No we are not brewing Beer we are actually trying a natural approach to algae control that has been around since the 1990's in England. Barley straw bails have been known to reduce or eliminate certain types of algae in ponds and reservoirs. The trick is to get the bails in early enough and the correct rate to control the algae because the bails will not kill algae you already have. In our region of the country the bails are placed in the lake in mid April before the algae begins to grow. The rate depends on the size and depth of your lake. On average 225 pounds of barley straw per acre of lake is recommended. We will see if it works?
After 3 weeks of aerification we are finally finished! We started on April 4th with tees and rough then moved to fairways 11th-15th and greens 18th -20th. For the most part the entire process went smoothly with little equipment breakdowns and the weather cooperated on most days except for a few where we couldn't do any thing at all. The course is slowly healing, now we just need some natural moisture and some warmer weather to really get thing going.