I'll start off by saying- I miss San Diego! Returning to snow and ice was definitely a change from 80 and sunny every day. The Golf Industry Show this year in San Diego was very productive. Education, networking, and new product discussions were in full force. I took a class on Weed Management in Cool Season Grasses and another on Native Area Grass Selection and Management. The biggest takeaway I could pass along to you is the fact that Native Areas, such as the ones we're establishing now, take about 5 years of hard work to achieve ideal weed control and to get the density adjusted. One of the biggest issues with converting existing rough to a Native Area is the remaining fertility in the soil. Once that has expired or decreased significantly, we will begin to see some positive changes.
On Wednesday afternoon, I received an award for Best Blog from Golf Industry Magazine. We have a lot of followers on the public side of our website all over the country that read this frequently and I'm proud to receive the award. In our industry, blogs such as this one help fellow superintendents get ideas and methods for projects or management practices at their club. I'm glad to share our information to help the industry become stronger as a whole.
While I was away, the staff continued making great progress on our course accessory refurbishment. I was very pleased to see that the ballwashers, benches, and trash cans are finished and the biggest job we have left is to paint the tee markers.