Last week, we had the fence replaced on the right side of 9 green. As for the green, it is growing in well. We have mowed it over 20 times since it was sodded. We will cover it with a "greens cover" in the next few days to help promote some more growth.
As I came on property today, I was able to take this picture of the city of Philadelphia's skyline. Our staff is concentrating on taking care of 9 green and continuing our daily battle to rid the course of leaves. We wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Over the past few weeks, we have been working on improving the fairways. As we did last year, all the fairways, tees and approaches were verticut. Today is the last day of verticutting fairways. All the surfaces were also aerified. The tees and approaches received a thick coat of topdressing sand. The end result is a firmer surface for play, improved drainage and a healthier stand of grass.
We are almost finished 9 green and 10 tee. We have a few minor "loose ends" to tie up over the next few days but all of them are very minor in scope. As for the project goals, we were on time and just under budget!
Yesterday, all the arborvitaes were installed along the driveway by LCC staff. We will install columnar sugar maples on both sides of the main entrance next week. In the picture above, you can see the sand that was spread out in the green side bunkers. The sheets of plastic in front of the green were used to protect the approach from last night's rain.
As you can see in this picture, Total Turf Construction applied the product Better Billy Bunker to seal the drainage gravel from the sand yesterday. In 2004, we used a fabric liner. This new blinder eliminates the need for the liner. Today, they are adding sand to the bunkers and starting to wire irrigation. LCC staff is installing shrubs along the drive way to separate the green from the main entrance.
Yesterday, we topdressed and rolled the green. Afterwards, we mowed it for the first time. The contractors concentrated on installing drainage around the green surround. Today, we will focus on preparing the approach for sod and installing irrigation.
The bunker gravel is all but done. We are now putting drainage in the new 10th tee and doing some final shaping around the tee and green complex. We will also start fine tuning the grade of the 9th approach. Sod will becoming early next week.
As we are building the green complex, we also cleared out all the overgrown vegetative plantings along the right side of the green. Now, we have planted 6-7 foot single stem arborvitae. In the next few years, they will grow to 12-14 feet and provide a screen to the building along the green.We will be planting a combination of arborvitae and trees along the main entrance and the 9th green sometime next week.
After filling in the green's cavity on Monday, we sodded the green yesterday. The sod came from the preexisting 9th green. This morning, we started to sod the bunker surrounds with tall type fescue sod.
As you can see in this picture, we are installing the internal drainage
in the green cavity. Our goal is to finish it today and then start
adding the greens grade soil. We plan to to complete the finish grade of
the green surface by Monday afternoon. We plan to install the green sod
on Tuesday. The irrigation for the green is almost complete and will
have water in it by tomorrow.
Today, we started to dig the cavity for the 9th green. It will take roughly 2 days. You will also see the three new roughed out bunkers. The rest of the week will be invested in mainly finishing the green's surface and adding the old sod that we are storing on the right of 9 fairway.
As you can see in the top left of this picture, we were taking pictures with a drone for the construction of #9 green. Aradar Tree Service remove some large pines to the right of the green. The Grounds Staff will remove the remaining spruces and hedges around the green. The driveway and fence line along the right of #9 will have a new hedge installed in the latter part of October. Construction starts October 4th, weather dependent.
I feel like it is Groundhog Day! The forecast is calling dry, hot and breezy days with some cooling at night. Great weather for people. Not so great for plants. We continue to water as much as possible until some rain forms. We would have started some additional slit seeding, aerification and topdressing but we are waiting for rain first. It looks like maybe Sunday night into Monday morning. Let's keep our fingers crossed!