Greens Report September 2017
Welcome to my September Greens Report.
Speaking with Gordon this week he has presented me with his Winter Maintenance programme which I will summarize for you below.
September 14, (post Pro-Am): Core, seed and dress greens. This process will be repeated 3 or 4 times before next Spring using a new, improved 90:10 Top Dressing.
6 Week Intervals: Verti-drain all greens. (Verti-draining is basically putting small holes in the putting green to allow air to get into the green’s subsoil, to break up the thatch in the subsoil and allow the greens to drain properly).
Once only: Verti-drain Tees and fairways.
Level the Men’s White and Yellow 7th Tee and the back of the Men’s 13th Tee.
Rebuild the front 10th bunker.
Repair any damaged revetted bunkers, reforming the faces with additional sand.
Shockwave all drains. This involves an 18 bladed shockwave machine cutting and agitating deep slices into the fairway at 90 degrees to existing drainage. Not only will this improve drainage in itself but also join up the existing drainage strips to make them more effective.
Spray tees, greens and fairways with weedkiller. Warning notices will be posted.
Spray seaweed onto greens to promote fescue growth.
Lazer, (spray product), all rough in Autumn or Spring. This will kill off the unwanted meadow and rye grasses leaving purer, thinner fescue rough which will can then simply be flailed at the end of a season’s growth.
Patch rabbit holes and other general damage.
Clear all drain exits to aid efficiency. The drains themselves have just been sprayed with Total weedkiller to keep them clear and free running.
Replace the pond lining.
General course maintenance.
Of interest: Last week Gordon borrowed a demonstration model, updated Toro Green cutter. The results, (far better, more efficient cut), were amazing and the committee has approved funding to purchase a similar, (second hand, but relatively few hours), model in the New Year.
The Toro 2000, tees, surrounds and fairway cutter will subsequently be replaced in 2019.
Look forward to some amazing greens for next Spring and Summer’s golf.