December 2023

Nothing like a good rain on frozen ground in early December! On December 7 rain fell from just south of Emma Lake to just south of Saskatoon with ice forming in areas. Some people have taken out aeration equipment to try to deal with it. We have a few greens with some ice cover in low areas at Riverside. We have applied a black gypsum product on several greens to hopefully attract some warmth and help rot the ice. Of course the 70 km winds on Monday blew some of it off. I’ve never had much success with mechanical removal of ice this time of year, sometimes causing more damage than the ice did, but you just keep trying different methods.

It’s getting closer to Christmas with no snow cover and night time lows are above our normal daytime high temperatures. Not sure how this will affect turf conditions but I’ve learned over the years that there is nothing we can do about it anyway, so I’ll enjoy the winter and try to come up with a good recovery program in the spring.

This will be the last communication of the year, so Happy Holidays everyone! Next newsletter will be April 2024. See you in 2024!

- Doug

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  • Saskatchewan's Turfgrass Association, founded in 1979, is a non-profit organization. The S.T.A. was organized by a group of Turfgrass Professionals which has grown to include people from Parks, Golf Courses, Sod Growers, Cities and Commercial Companies.