Friday, 25 September 2015
Another busy week aided by some good weather, we still have damp mornings due to
he heavy dew,
but that’s typical of September.
We managed to put around 5 tonnes of sand onto the greens on Monday morning, which
was washed in
during the day (5mm fell).
This small amount of sand is enough to smooth the surfaces, but not enough to interfere
I hope to continue this little & often approach right into the winter (weather depending).
Can I remind players to repair their pitchmarks on the greens, as at this time of years the
soften and recovery from the damage is slow.
The start of the week was dominated by a round of essential bunker maintenance. This
faces, trimming edges, weeding, moving sand around to manage
depth, blowing and final raking.
Its a labour intensive job that can take 3-4 staff up to 3 days to complete. Usually, we finish
this work and a
deluge arrives to undo all the good work. Fingers crossed etc.
The course is still receiving a lot of cutting due to the mild weather. It is also the time we
keep our eyes
peeled for any signs of disease on the greens. Any significant scarring now
will take a while to recover.
With this in mind, I will spray a nutrient & trace element cocktail early next week, followed by
of Compost Tea. This should help the turf build up its natural defence
mechanism and hopefully reduce the
need for costly chemical applications.
One treatment we have applied this week is a worm suppressant & Iron mix. Earthworms are
soil eco-system, but their casts smear the surface, introduce weeds and
create bumpy surfaces. The
winter tees, approaches & temporary green sites have
been sprayed to reduce their impact.
The course has received a full divot this week.
We plan to carry out some essential drainage work on the 5th hole next week and also start the
of a winter tee on the 8th hole. Please be patient while this work is completed.
Enjoy your games.
Mark & the greens team.
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