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.
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.
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.
All greens have been hollow tined by yesterday morning. Topdressing/zeolites and overseeding commence this morning and through the day followed by brushing in.
Rush is on to finish the 2nd green drainage before the rain next week hopefully in play for the weekend of the 5th March in the meantime the hole will remain on a temporary green.