We finally received some much needed precipitation early Monday morning. Our weather station recorded 1.1 inches of rain which really helped green everything up. There was also quite a light show with lots of spectacular lightning which helps all plants by providing fertilizer. Here's how: Our atmosphere is 78% nitrogen but in a form that is unavailable to plants. In a thunderstorm there is enough electrical energy in lightning to separate the nitrogen atoms in the air. Once the atoms are separated they can fall to earth with rain water, and combine with minerals in the soil to form nitrates, a type of fertilizer. The video below describes the process in more detail if you're a science geek like me:
So that inch or so of rain combined with plenty of lightning has created a bit of a growth surge. We couldn't mow much on Monday because of the saturated soils so we are now in full blown catch up mode to get things under control before the long weekend.
|Monday's thunderstorm has really greened everything up!|
|#8 looking great!|
We are currently working on the paths near #2 green and #9 green. The first step is to remove the old asphalt which gets taken back to the asphalt plant by the paving company for recycling. We then re-align the paths as needed and dig the new cavity. The cavity is filled with gravel and then paving and curbing takes place. Final grading and sodding around the new paths/curbing finishes the job. We should have the paths at #2 and #9 ready for asphalt this week and then we will move on to the path at #5 Green. Paving will be done when everything is ready for asphalt. Thank you for your understanding during this time of improvements.
|Removing old asphalt on #2|