June Course News
The sun is shining and the season is in full swing; in typical greenkeeping fashion a very wet start to the season with a water logged course has been preceded by us automatically irrigating most nights and managing the lakes lowering water levels. I am very happy with how the greens have coped with this dry spell with virtually no hand watering at all on the high spots.
This new feeding program is working well, the stimp meter readings are rising every week and the health of the greens is the best it has been; the black layer has all but gone, the roots are deeper than ever and we have more grass than we need.
As well as an even putting surface the health of the greens has also led to a huge reduction of the amount of fungicides we have had to use with us only spraying once for disease since November rather than up to 4 times!
I have had a few people asking about green speed last month with some wanting them faster, some saying they are too fast and some saying they are about perfect (the Goldilocks Effect?). Green speed is dependent on many factors including; sward thickness, height, moisture levels, time of day, and the quality of cut. I am always working hard to deliver the best speed without putting unnecessary stress on the plant – the R&A class 9.5 as fast greens speed and I am always aiming for a consistent 10 to 10.5.
In the last month we have sprayed all fairways and semi with selective weed killer, all the greens have been tined and top dressed and the new 9th winter tee has been seeded. This month most of our time is now is taken up mowing and we hope to top up some of the bunkers and start work on the new 9th bridge.
I hope in the weather stays fine for another good month of golf.
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