Maintenance Fortnight (high disturbance)
Greens aeration: On the lead up to over seeding fortnight we had a lot of interest from members as the team demoed an aeration machine which injects high pressured air into the root zone. The air jet fracks the soil structure pushing air across a large area 12inc beneath the surface creating very little disturbance to the surface but with a massive amount of decompaction. I was very impressed with this machine and will be following the development of this piece of equipment over the coming years.
Greens: This past week we have been over-seeding greens and this will be completed on Thursday, we also carried out work around the greens surfaces to improve the approach and greens collar. These works are extremely important maintenance to ensure that the greens are in the best possible condition for the rest of the year. We will see the surfaces return to normal in a couple of weeks as the seed takes around 14 days to germinate.
Our aim is to produce true and smooth greens that are receptive to a well hit approach shot into the green, over-seeding plays a key roll in this.
The method which we have used for many years is called potting as a core of soil is pulled from the ground creating a small pot in which seed and top dressing is brushed into,this creates a medium for the seed to germinate and improves the soil structure. In the longer term the top dressing changes the environment which will encourage the existing finer grasses to flourish and take greater dominance. This process of change may be enhanced and accelerated with over-seeding.
Over-seeding plays a major part in this as better greens come with increased proportion of finer grasses. In a Links environment fine grasses native to a sand dune complex such as fescue produce firm, fine and fast greens. This fine sward does not only create a better surface for putting, gives improved disease tolerance, a reduction in thatch build up and also becomes an easier surface to manage with the need for less feritilsers, fungicides and general maintenance such as rolling, brushing and cutting.
In our second week of maintenance we hope to carry out aeration to all tees and then move onto hollow coring the 1st fairway, the hole will be played as a par 3 whilst the work is being carried out.
Rough: In coming weeks will be spraying the rough with Rescue, this removes coarse grass which can be problematic. This work was also carried out last season and we saw a good improvement in the playability of the rough this season. Again this season we are going to spray as many areas as possible which come into play around the golf course. Once the grass has died back we will begin to flail and collect as much rough as possible. Collecting the rough removes nutrition and helps the development of the finer rough.
STRI: Our annual visit from Steve Gingel took place this week and his report will soon be available to read in the members part of the club web site.
I want to say a big thank you to our Greenkeeping team who have worked really hard to complete the over-seeding in four days, they have done a great job and also to the members who have been so understanding while this work is being carried out.