First of all, the green staff would like to thank the members who have given us compliments on the condition of the course recently, we really appreciate it.
We have applied the Nematodes and thankfully the weather played its part in raining almost as soon as applied, this meant that the ground was kept moist so they can establish. We followed the application to the letter (first time we have used them), so let’s hope they get to work and are hungry.
Our autumn renovations will begin next week with Hollow Coring, overseeding and topdressing. This will mean temporary greens will be used when required from the 27th – 29th September and the main greens will be heavily top dressed, we apologise for any inconvenience caused by this vital process.
Why is it done?
With the volume of traffic we have, it causes the ground to become compacted and hardened. This means drainage is less efficient and the grass roots are prevented from absorbing oxygen. Hollow coring allows the compacted turf to expand and air and moisture to be more easily absorbed. The coring helps address the problem of thatch. (Thatch is a layer of grass stems, roots and debris that settle and accumulate overtime). A thin layer is acceptable but too much thatch will hold water like a sponge.
Once cores are removed, we will overseed and apply the topdressing, this will help restore the surface and break down thatch layer.
The following week we will treat greens with a root developer to help promote new seeds.
All of this is of course dependent on the weather, so fingers crossed!
Vince and team