Our Autumn maintenance week concluded 22/09/2017 and we were blessed with fine conditions, all scheduled operations to greens and approaches have been successfully carried out by our dedicated green staff.
A chemical application was made to greens two weeks prior to maintenance week. This application will kill the Rye grass, Yorkshire fog and weaken the coarse Bent grasses within our greens. The surface of the greens will yellow and patches of grass will die off, this is a normal reaction to the graminicide that has been applied.
|Discolouring of coarse grasses|
The greens are scarified in two directions at least 5mm below the surface using vertical cutting blades with tungsten tips. This will remove a proportion of organic matter from the thatch layer and rake through the dying coarse grasses.
|Material removed through scarifying|
|Greens surface after scarification|
This year we used two separate solid tine operations to aerate the greens. 8mm x 200mm tines and 6mm x 100mm tines punched small diameter holes into the soil profile at different depths. Aeration plays an important part in helping air and water move through the soil, air spaces between the soil particles will create gas exchanges to help break down thatch and provide space for root development.
|200mm Verti-drain aeration|
|100mm Procore aeration|
|Sorel rolling with bent seed|
|Inter-seeding with fescue seed|
|Straight sand dressing|
|Working in dressings|
|Cores on surface|
|Breaking up cores|
|Thatch material removed|