Sunday, February 22, 2009

Melting Power

Of the remaining fairway areas that still have snow on them; we are now lending a helping hand to encourage a more rapid melting. We have found yet another use for compost. We have gone out and spread a thin layer of compost over the areas in which snow remains. With the intense sunlight found in Colorado the dark color of the compost quickly absorbs heat and accelerates the melting process.

The complete melt off will take place over several days as each layer of snow melts and then re-freezes. The intense melting that takes place during the day is turned into a negative at night with the temperatures still dipping into the low twenties. This freeze and thaw cycle requires that Compost be added each day until the snow has finally melted away.

Compost spread over snow
Close up of pitting caused by compost