Saturday, February 25, 2012

Our mowers don't like sand, so easy on those divots

Just ask our mechanic, Jan.  She will tell you that sand and mowers do not mix.  However, being the patient and hardworking person she is, the necessary topdressing we preform is taken in stride.  We discuss the timing, monitor results, and she spends a day getting the mowers in perfect condition when the sand takes the edge away front the cutting units.

Some sand-to-mower contact cannot be avoided.  In the pictures below, this sanding is not necessary and can be avoided. The photo on the left includes a divot that someone filled with half a bottle of sand.  That pillar of sand is going to end up in mowing reels of our fairway unit.  If you just give the sand a little kick with your foot to disperse the portion that is above the turf canopy, then you will save our machines some steel and you'll be doing Jan a favor.  The pic on the right has two properly filled divots.


Filling a bunch of divots that have been neglected is a great way to serve your club, but do not associate how many bottles you used with the level of your service.  Dumping piles of sand out there causes problems with the mowers, creates uneven turf and scalped areas, and it costs the club money for more sand, labor to refill the bottles, and Jan's hard work getting the reels in shape after too many of these encounters.  Fill your divots, but fill them correctly.