We have increased the size of the 15th green to its original size, this will increase pin placements and decrease wear to this green. Shapes and sizes to all playing areas change with time and adjustments have to be made .
Our usual aeration was carried out last week on the greens and tomorrow we intend to topdress, verti cut and overseed with Bent seed. This work is a week later than last year due to the fixtures at the moment and staff holidays/4 day weeks. We will verti-cut the greens on Monday afternoon in 2 directions and this will continue on Tuesday with the application of topdressing. The greens will then be brushed 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 the introduction of Bent seed will 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!
Our usual summer/late spring aeration work will be carried out on the greens this week. We will verti-cut and aerate the greens with knife tine’s down to 3″ at 2″ spaces on Tuesday and Wednesday. Topdressing will follow in the coming weeks to smooth the greens surface and help with drainage and percolation of the irrigation water.
This work will ensure the greens are at their best condition through June, July and beyond which is traditionally our busiest and most important calendar months.
“Why are you doing this again!”
Course open and buggies are not in use due to unsuitable ground conditions everywhere.
Verti-draining greens this week and there will be at least one temporary green in use.
Now the March competitions have finished this has given us the opportunity to verti-drain the greens starting on Monday 18th March and will complete on Wednesday 20th March. This is the 3rd time this winter and there will be another verti-draining greens on the next renovation week in April.
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.