Greens spring 2021

As i stated in my previous blog i’m going to do a small write up about the plan for the greens, briefly go through how they have changed in the past 3 seasons (soil wise, bits you don’t see), what we are currently doing with them in this renovation and why, and the plan going forward this season. This will be the 4th season we have been following the http://www.terralift.eu programme. Personally I think 2018 very good, 2019 extremely good, 2020 good. These are my views I fully expect people to have differing opinions
This is an ideal soil sample
Soil sample taken from 3 greens winter 2017
Soil sample taken from the same 3 greens winter 2020
As you can see from the pictures, to start with there was a massive chemical imbalance in the soil. This transformation is allowing the grass plant to work more efficiently, offer more protection to it’s self from disease and maintain a more stable environment for it to live. An example of the is the pH of the soil. The pH being too low or too high can cause massive problems for the plant, the take up of nutrients being 1. The soil test 2017 showed the pH at 5.3, we are now 2020 up to 6.8. This will give the plant a stable base and should help stop any fluctuations in performance. Two other indicators we are going in the correct direction is C:N ratio, this is an indicator of how the soil is breaking down thatch/ organic matter, we have gone from 14.6 down to 13.1 (ideal is 12). The amount of sulphate in the soil has also come down, this can block up the pore space so slow down the rate of which water can pass trough, this has come down from 108 mg/l to 55 mg/l ( ideal 50 mg/l). We have to get the foundations correct to build something decent on top, I think these results show that we are on the right road. All 4 years results are available for anyone to see, if you’re interested email and i’ll send you a copy. Back to what we are doing this spring awaiting your return on the 29th March. We have cored the wetter greens/ wetter parts of greens, this was done because these areas had slightly more thatch/ organic matter than other greens. We used 8mm hollow tines. The areas done where
  • 1st
  • left 4th
  • left 5th
  • front 6th
  • 9th
  • left 10th
  • 12th
  • right 13th
  • front 14th
  • front 15th
  • 16th
  • back 17th
These areas have been top dressed. We can now leaves these to recover until the 8th March. The plan is to then scarify all greens, dependant on results we may double scarify them followed by a top dress and feed. This will give them 3 weeks recovery until you return on the 29th. Depending on the season, weather/ golfing calander we may look at a light scarification mid season. Large renovations will take place 1st full week of September. Thanks for reading, please follow us on twitter @ashtonleagreens, this will give you daily reports on the state of the course and updates of what we are doing. We also have a facebook page, search for Ashton and Lea greens. Please like the page and ask your golfing friends to like the page, make them aware of the good things we are doing and producing. Any concerns or opinions on what we are doing please contact us directly on greens-ashtonlea@hotmail.com. Thanks for reading, Mark Shuttleworth ( Deputy Head Greenkeeper)

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