Thursday, 2 November 2017
Friday, 13 October 2017
This week we have started Aeration and Sanding on our fairways . 19mm thick tines are being used to a depth of 250mm , this will improve water percolation and promote deeper rooting grasses. The Sanding helps to pull the water down and firm the surface up.
Monday, 11 September 2017
This year we have hollowcored greens with 13mm tines then overseeded .
After we hollowcored and overseeded we did an additional overseeding with our Vredo . The seed we used for both operations was BARFescue.
We have had good success this season with 2x overseedings of Johnsons All Bent and plan doing a final pass next week. Bent overseeding is far less disruptive so this will not have any negative effects on the healing of our surfaces after the recent hollowcoring.
Monday, 21 August 2017
Monday, 3 July 2017
Monday, 19 June 2017
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Today we have been out verti cutting the greens , over the last week we have seen increased levels of Poa Annua seed heads and lots of lumpy lateral growth of Highland Bent . This operation helps to lift and remove both the seed heads and Highland Bent giving us smoother surfaces . This time of year is always the most challenging when managing a traditional mix of grasses on an old links course .
Cruden Bay has to be one of the most undulating golf courses on the planet ! This throws up a lot of health and safety risks for mowing bankings around our course . With this in mind we have had a demonstration of a remote controlled Spider Mower which can can safely operate on severe gradients, the machine on the day performed even better than I had hoped !!!!
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Monday, 1 May 2017
It's been a lovely dry morning for overseeding more fescue into our greens . Wiedermann Terra Float puts lots plant pot holes into the sward , then seed is bradcast and astro dragmatted in . The turf iron is run over the greens then a dressing of sand to Finnish.
We ideally like to do a couple of overseeding applications throughout spring to keep the Seedbank high moving into early summer, this helps to compete against Poa Annua which naturally seeds in May /June.
Thursday, 27 April 2017
Today we have applied weedkiller to the St Olaf greens the target weed is Pearlwort , which will require a follow up spray and overseeding to fill in the gaps. The greens won't look great for a while when the chemical starts work but intensive overseeding will help fill and close in the gaps .It is very hard to see the weed in pictures as it's green and blends in with the sward to the untrained eye !!!
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
The last few days we have had early morning frosts ,this keeps soil temperatures low and knocks back any early season growth on our greens . The secret is for both Golfers and Greenkeepers to be patient through this period until Mother Nature is ready.