Monthly Archives: April 2015

Plant Nutrition

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Plant nutrition plays a key role in maintaining a healthy plant and producing  quality playing surfaces. In order to achieve this we apply a folia feed every 14 days to the greens and surrounds. This consists of a specific tailored mix of micro nutrients and potassium with  a small amount of nitrogen added to each application. This little and often approach known as ‘spoon feeding’ maintains an even growth habit and avoids excessive flushes of growth. The plant becomes stronger, healthier and less susceptible to disease.

Following extensive trials in the US and impressive results from Course Managers and clubs, this year we have added the use of a turf growth regulator – Primo Maxx into our fortnightly programme.

Turf Growth Regulators are designed to regulate vertical leaf growth and promote a higher quality, dense sward of healthier turf for better playing conditions. The use of PGR’s (plant growth regulators) on turf plants encourages continued grow, just in a different way. Energy and resources normally used for vertical leaf growth are diverted to side shoots, stolons and the root system. Continually treated turf therefore has a bigger and healthier root system which helps the plant resist the effects of drought, stress and wear. Due to less leaf growth there are fewer clippings and a noticeably cleaner cut.

The added benefit we have seen this Spring is a more uniform growth pattern  across the greens. Normally the mix of grasses within the sward begin growing at differing rates which has an adverse affect on ball roll, however the use of Primo Maxx has evened out this growth improving playability.

The challenge to produce good consistent playing surfaces as early into the season as possible has been enhanced by the use of a balanced nutrition program aided by the use of the PGR. As a result the greens have responded well and are ahead of where they were last season.

Spring Maintenance Week

A week after our spring maintenance and the course is starting to recover very well. We applied more sand to the greens and approaches in the week than ever before and we are already seeing the benefits, the surfaces have firmed up nicely and the greens in particular and playing very well considering the work carried out.

We applied in total approximately 70 tonnes of sand (of which around 50 went on the greens). All greens were Verti-drained and a select few wetter greens were also hollowcored – 11,12 & 14. The greens staff put a fantastic video together of day 1 of maintenance week – click here for a great behind the scenes  look at what went on.

spring m weekThis work will put us in good shape for the start of the golfing season. The putting surfaces are looking very strong with no bare areas and importantly for us no sign of disease pressure. We are now a little reliant on the good old British weather to give us a little help to warm things up and kick start the growing season. Fingers crossed we get a little of that Mediterranean heat promised to us over the Easter period.

Happy Easter and enjoy your golf………