Friday, 1st March
After an unseasonably warm few days to cap a very dry start to the year, we had half an inch of rain on Thursday. Fortunately it was dry for Friday, enabling Gavin to slip in a greens maintenance week well ahead of normal - usually it would be at least a month later. The greens were fertilised and sprayed for moss a week ago to give them a boost, and this week they have all been micro-hollow tined. Hopefully this is the last time the cores will need to be collected by hand: next time we will have a mechanical collector, saving at least 2 man days per treatment.
The greens were then verticut (scarified). That’s what causes the close-spaced lines across the surface, where the knives penetrate the surface by a millimetre or so to rip out loose dead organic material. A surprising amount comes out!
Today, Friday, they were dressed lightly - 20 te of dressing across all the greens - which was then brushed in to the tine holes. Another 20 te will be applied next week, weather permitting. Dressing firms up the greens, speeding them up - as does verticutting - and reduces the organic content in the root area. Too much and we get soggy and unhealthy greens.
All of that has kept the team busy all week - no mowing has been done. Apologies if the greens are a bit hairy, but it’s only the very beginning of March!