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‘Catkins’ The ‘Birds and the Bees’ of the Course

William F Hamilton, CGCS
Director of Agronomy

May 16, 2019

Here’s your new Scrabble word: “catkins”. Those are the billions of two inch long, stringy, blond strands that have been falling from the live oak trees for the last month. They are the male pollen grains looking for a female flower match. Ultimately, the net result will be next fall’s acorns. Hoping that the recent rainy spell will bring this reproductive process to a timely end. This has been a long and nasty pollen, and mosquito season. Onward we trudge. The greens surround project is completed and the sod needs a bit of sand for levelling and some fertilizer for maturing. The cart path project is completed and the edges need to be backfilled to established grade. We’re using the spoils from project one to complete project number two. The golf course has been fertilized and the density is improving. Based upon commentary, the density is a little too much improved in the roughs. The recent rainfall should intensify growth and color. The immediate challenge will be keeping up with the mowing. Looking forward to the remainder of spring and all the tournaments soon to come.


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