Many of you are struggling through the widespread drought that has a grip on about 60% of the nation. The worst of it slices right through the heart of the country. Weather forecasts for the coming months and on into the fall show little signs of any relief. When all is said and done, this may end up as the worst drought since the 1930s (and hopefully not worse).
While league administrators are no doubt thrilled that rainouts have been nearly non-existent this summer, groundskeepers have been scrambling to keep turf alive as best as they can while they attempt to keep the dust on their infields under control. No easy task. Many areas are under strict watering restrictions or bans.
This deep and long lasting drought will possibly result in the permanent loss of turf on many non-irrigated fields. While turf is hardy and has likely gone dormant, it will only last a limited amount of time without water under extreme heat.
About all a groundskeeper can do to battle a severe drought is understand that, ultimately, you are at the mercy of mother nature. At some point her grip will loosen. Your job is to be ready when the rains return.
Stock-up on seed and be ready to attack your fields with overseeding equipment when the drought finally breaks. Be prepared, this may be the most challenging moment in your groundskeeping career.