Unfortunately our January window for verti-draining greens was hampered by frost, snow and delays with the stableford competitions but now the weather has now changed for the best and the competitions have past it is now the best time to start the verti-draining. This will commence on Monday 18th February till Thursday 21st February.
Greens have now been completed and we sprayed a fungal brew on the greens yesterday and watered heavily to wash the brew/sand in and today we will spray rebrew consisting of bacteria with a part trail on 9 greens for an experiment over the next 3 months to see the effect on disease such as Fusarium.
The first cut on the greens will be on Saturday at a height of 4.5mm this height will improve recovery time as other competitions start again next week the height of cut will come down but not at the usual summer heights as the temperatures are now falling with less day light hours the turf will struggle at a lower height this time of year and be more susceptible to disease.
Course starting to peak as planned for June and July for our most important months in the playing season and after a difficult spring which was at least a month behind, our effective and proven maintenance regime are still paying off each year while other clubs have less consistent surfaces. This is due to our aeration and biological programmes which is more sustainable using good fungi, bacteria and bio stimulants which in turn we use less fungicides, water and fertilisers which would be at a cost to you as members with our current limited budgets.
Profile showing 2-3% Organic Matter (mostly living roots)
Each year I run trails on the greens to see which is effective for disease prevention called IPM, this is very proactive as long term forecast reads that we will loose many fungicides in the future and with this considered we are at present at least 10 years ahead of the “game”.
Our usual aeration and topdress 4 weeks before Club Trophy/Scratch Cup week has been brought forward to this week due to extra fixtures during June and a cancellation this week. We have verti-cut the greens in 2 directions and aerated the greens with knife tine’s down to 3″ at 2″ spaces today and Thursday we will topdress and overseed the greens then brush and wash in by either irrigation or rainfall.
This work will ensure the greens will be the best condition through June, July and beyond which is traditionally our busiest and most important calendar months.
“Why are you doing this again!”
- To ensure the greens remain healthy and smooth during our busiest months.
- The topdressing will ensure the greens remain playable “firm” during the winter months.
- Aeration will strengthen the greens during extreme weather conditions and help them through tough conditions making them more sustainable and healthy with out extra costs of resources which are past onto the member’s/customers ie Fertiliser’s, Water, Fungicides, Wetting agents and Labour costs.
- Short term damage with long term benefits that will recover by the weekend.
Renovation week will consist of hollow tining the greens with 8mm hollow tines down to a depth of 2″ then dressed with 30 tons of Ruffords no3 topdressing and verti-draining/solid tining down to 7″.
Monday: Hollow tining greens with possible 3 temporary greens in place.
Tuesday: Hollow tining greens then verti-draining will commence with possible 3 temporary greens in place.
Wednesday: Verti-draining greens and topdressing applied and brushed in, 2 temporary greens in place.
Thursday: Topdressing applied and brushed in, 2 temporary greens in place.
Friday: Course presentation.
Hi all please could you observe the ropes and stakes that are around the course at the moment especially the rope by the 2nd green approach. These ropes have been put out onto the course so wear and tear is spread so damage is at a minimum.
thank you all.
Unfortunately this renovation week has been a testing time with the weather conditions when traditionally this week has always be dry. With deliveries a day late and a lorry catching a phone line around the clubhouse we finally completed the work and managed to cut all playing surfaces. Special thank you to all the greenkeepers and temporary staff who helped out this week.
Every hollow core has to be picked up.⬆
Theres still zeolite on the surfaces due to the late delivery and application process however this will disappear when the topdressing washes in by the rain this afternoon and we are able to give the greens their final brush next week.⬆
This is what we have taken out of the greens.