In the last blog, I mentioned we could almost see the light at the end of the tunnel. Well, that light is shining brightly, and I would like to spell out the last process, and why the ending date is now August 11.
First and foremost, please note that when we added back the fumigation process into the project, we essentially tacked on 7 days to the project. Other factors have pushed us back a few days as well, but this explanation should give you a better idea of what is now involved. I’ll set the table first.
18 is now sprigged, and 17 is in process. If it hadn’t rained today, we would have been able to the get the excavator over to 16 to repair the washouts, and get it final graded as well. It appears that the final grading work on each of the remaining back 9 holes can be completed rather quickly, with sodding and sprigging taking place immediately after. But that is not the issue with getting finished on time.
The last 3 holes (10, 11, and 12) need to be fumigated, but that cannot be done until irrigation is available to get them wet enough to inject it. The irrigation contractor will be finished with the irrigation on 10 & 11 by Saturday. We will water those greens in Sunday and Monday, and fumigate starting on Tuesday July 29 at 7 AM. Then we have to wait 5 full days with the tarps on. Now it is Sunday August 3. We take the tarps off, and wait a day or so depending on the weather to let them breathe. They get prepped August 5 & 6. The Architect needs to approve each before we sprig, so that grass can start going in on either the 8th or 9th. And the whole process should be complete by the 11th. There are some strong indicators that we could get finished sooner, but having now experienced how these projects progress, I think I will stick with the 11th in order to be safe.
We have now sprigged 17 and 18 at an increased rate of 700 bushels per acre, and will do the same for 14-16 though. Starting next week, we will step that rate up to 800 bushels per acre. The increased density will aid the grow-in, and hopefully make up for the lost time. You will really start to see things move much quicker from here on out. Please reply back with your comments or questions.