Friday, 25 September 2015

Friday Update.

Friday, 18 September 2015

Friday Update.

Hi All,

Another busy week on the course.

We have tried to carry out more thinning of the rough this week, but due to the wet conditions (dew & rain) it has not been possible. The turf has to be really dry for the Amazone to pick the debris up. You can cut it, but it just lies on the surface in clumps. We will try again next week.

The application of top-dressing was postponed on Monday and will now be applied next week. We will again be out with the Air2G2 aerator treating 6 or 7 greens. This has been a regular Monday task throughout this season.

At the moment we are trialling Fairway mowers as ours is coming to the end of its 6th season. We have tried the John Deere and this week the latest machine from Jacobsen. Cutting technology really does advance quickly. 

Due to the good weather, we are still cutting the course as if it was high summer as the grass is still growing strongly.
Tee banks have been cut this week and next week we have another round of bunker maintenance. 

Have a great weekend.

Mark & the Greens team.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Friday Update

A settled week weather wise has allowed us to get stuck into a few outstanding jobs this week.

The greens were sprayed with a nutrient cocktail on Tuesday to continue growth and help keep any disease at bay. The grass cover is excellent following the recent renovation work. The new bent grass seedlings are blending nicely into the putting surfaces.

The dry conditions have allowed us to stone pick in many of the bunkers. I know this is not a permanent solution, but still worthwhile. 
The thick mown rough throughout the course has been scarified heavily using our tractor mounted Amazone unit. This rips out the thick growth and collects it. This process should (over time and repeated operations) reduce the thickness of the grass. The removal of the grass reduces the available nitrogen in the soil from the clippings, following weekly cutting.

We have also managed to spray more areas of Himalayan Balsam throughout the course. This virulent weed will  quickly take over if left unchecked.

A light top-dressing is planned next week to help maintain smooth surfaces.

Have a great weekend.

Mark & the Greens team.