Don’t worry this is not a blog on how bad the weather has been recently!!! This will be an update of what we are going to be doing now and the next few weeks.
My only reference to the weather is going to be how this winter has made us aware of the importance of,
a) Removing the water of the course asap
b) Getting the water through the greens soil profile asap
An area where water always holds for days is the area to the right of the 1st and onto the practice area,
This is due to the outlet being too small for the volume of water that we have got to the area. This is being fed from drains on the 1st, 2nd & 15th.
Work started on 5th March by Dixon Land Drainage to replace 60m of 150mm pipe with new plastic 300mm pipe, this will quadruple the volume of water that can be removed,
A man hole is being installed 2.3m deep, this will be fed from the ditch and other areas that we can drain. the ditch is being lowered to its original depth, approx 600mm to take out. We are confident by doing this water will get away as quickly as possible.
Other areas that have been agreed to start work on are the 2nd, work is hoping to commence on installing 400m of drainage during the 1st week of April, dixon’s the contractors need the ground to be able to drive a car on before they are willing to start.
We also have plans to sand band 750m2 around the 6th area.
We are slightly change the way we approach greens maintenance this season. We have noticed that the greens have been softer than we have liked at times during the winter, a lot has to do with the frequency of the rainfall.
Over the last 3-4 years we have had a programme of removing organic matter (thatch) once per year, during September renovations. We are going to do it slightly different this year if we feel the greens are in a position to do so, light scarification will take place on a few occasions during the season followed by a top dressing. We are also moving to a coarser top dresssing, we feel this will help with getting water through the profile.
We also have a plan to change and mainly use one fertilizer company, we have used their products since our renovations in September, we was extremely happy with the recovery we got. We also used a Terralift product for our autumn/winter feed, we got good results from this, so this is why we have decided to use their feeds this spring.
Spring renovations will also be different this year. Week commencing 26th March we will solid tine the greens (9mm) then do a light (-5mm) scarification, followed by a top dressing and brushed in with our new sweeep’n’fill brush.
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Thanks, Mark Shuttleworth ,(Deputy Head Greenkeeper)