January 2021 report
What’s been done 4th of Jan till on course
v Greens slit with pedestrian sisis slitter to depth of 125mm
v Greens vertidrained to depth of 200mm with 19mm tines
v Greens procored 100mm deep with 8 mm solid tines.
v Hand mow on greens and tees
v Procored tees to 100mm depth
v Edging up tee stones
v Leaf clearing
v Branches raked up and collected
v Drainage ditches cleared and inspected
v Spray greens with iron and preventative fungicide
v Shrubs removed from 1st tee path
v Mole Hills levelled and traps been set
v I've been meeting some of the reps regarding this year’s nutrition of the golf course and will be sending some samples away for analysis to help us move the course forward.
What’s been done in the sheds since 4th of Jan
v Painting of tee markers
v Painting of Ball washer from 1st tee
v Service of both 3250ds (oil change, filters changed, washed, greased)
v All shed tidied rubbish removed and swept out
v Washing down machines and giving them a run
Plan of action for the greens
Due to the amount of compaction in the greens below the depth of 100mm we’ll first address this by deep verti draining the greens have already had one treatment at 200mm, with another planned at 250mm the maximum depth we’re currently able to reach.
They will also be hollow cored before been top-dressed with semi round sand this is to help reduce thatch levels and increase percolation rates resulting in better drainage and more efficient irrigation in the drier periods.
We have a demo on the 5th of February of an air2g2 which fires compressed air 300mm below the surface of the green at radius of 1.5 meters combined with the aeration carried out this will also help with the deep compaction and allow more lateral movement of water beneath the green to aid drainage.
Current root depth/length is very poor at an average of 15-20 mm we will be monitoring this throughout the season and using natural based extracts, bio stimulants as well as aeration to promote deeper healthier roots to the greens. By increasing root mass and depth will aid with irrigation requirements and make the most of any feeds and treatments we put down.
The main grass species on the greens poa annua (annual meadow grass) it’s the main grass in the UK but comes with issues for the greens.
- It seeds itself usually may time the greens will have white fluffy seeds on making them slow and untrue.
- It has high nitrogen demands requiring more fertilizer.
- Its thirsty and needs more water than other species to be healthy.
To reduce the negative impact of the poa annua we’ll start over seeding the greens with bent seed with the plan that over a few years we can reduce the dominance of the poa and become more bent and enjoy the benefits
- Finer leaf resulting in lower disease pressure and well as better ball roll
- Reduce irrigation requirements
- Reduced fertilizer inputs
- Less seeding on the greens
- Increased stress resistance
By reducing the compaction, improving the root structure, and refining the grass species it will improve the health, playability and reduce their dependency on fungicides and chemicals which many are now banned and no longer available.
Moving forward I’ll be putting together some drainage proposals will the aim of extending the playing season into the winter months and the course been more prepared for the more frequent Storms we have experienced the last few years.
Will be aerated, over seeded with an ultra-fine rye grass to increase wear tolerance and sward density improving both playability and aesthetic appearance. Moving forward I’ll draw up some ideas and plans for construction of larger level teeing areas which can be addressed as we move forward. Topdressing with sand to improve subsoil structure and infiltration rates.
Topdressing with sand and plenty of aeration will help promote fine grass with a dense sward help to level out certain areas increasing playability and giving greater shot choice. They will also be given some bio stimulants to help them along.
Due to the large amount of moss currently present we’ll be applying a regular light application of iron as soon as conditions allow, our aim is to not kill the moss but slowly restrict it and allow the grass to out compete and become more dominant again. Moving forward there are large builds up of thatch present so more frequent aeration will be taking place next autumn and winter to help it break down naturally.
We plan on a mow and blow as soon as ground conditions allow to help remove any remaining leafs and debris. I’m keen on keep it as neat as possible and long-term carrying out a cut and collect on long rough areas to encourage long but fine wispy rough, which will improve playability and aesthetics.
If possible, would like to edge weed and tidy existing paths with some fresh topping to enhance presentation.
All machinery has been washed and greased, the machines sent to red tech have all returned except the units for the tees mower which needs work. Any remaining machines will be serviced in-house be ready to start the season. Moving forward I’m keen to improve the preventable maintance with better washing down, greasing and shed care.
Everyone has been very welcoming and fully on board with my ideas and vision, moving forward if additional training can be provided.
- First aid courses
- Chainsaw course
- Pa2 spraying (Martin)
Personally, I've loved my first few weeks everyone's been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to making positive impact at AGC.