The ice storm we had in Southern Ontario just before Christmas underscores the importance of being proactive in preparation for extreme weather events. I discussed that topic here in July.
As for the ice storm, we were blessed because we already had a good snow cover when it happened. It’s when you get the ice, then the freeze and thaw, that problems arise, but I think most of Ontario was lucky because it had the snow cover.
It might have been different if the ice storm had come a few weeks earlier than it did, but I don’t think the storm is going to affect the turf.
There were so many courses and golf courses that got a lot of ice on the trees. Trees that were a hundred years old had so much ice on their limbs that they were actually bent over touching the ground.
The thing that amazed me is that you could drive down a lane and trees were in the road, not broken, but just heavy with ice. If we had more wind, we would have had more branches down that we did.
We had power off for a little while, but one community near us was out for four to five days, so we got off lucky with that, as well.
We managed to make it through without much damage, but the experience once again emphasized the importance of being ready for such events.