Over the past 6 weeks a lot of work has gone in to improving the make up of our greens and in particularly the surfaces.
Overseeding using creeping bent took place the week of 8th October followed by an application of organic fertilizer on the 16th of October. We have also sprayed "turf hardeners" that include iron, seaweed and magnesium along with a penatrent to allow water tho pass through the soil and oxygen easier access to the roots.
A further application of organic fertilizer will be applied no later than 19th November.
Greens have been hand mown only since the overseeding process began and this will continue throughout the winter with the aim of giving us a smoother playing surface.
Disease pressure is high on the greens at present mainly because of the mild and damp conditions of the past couple of weeks fusarium being the main concern. This has been treated.
Some old scaring is also still visible that was caused by anthracnose back in September which was also treated at the time. unfortunately these weaker areas were also affected by nematode which has meant recovery has taken slightly longer, mainly on the 7th green.
All in all surfaces are getting better week by week which is essential to see us through the winter and into the spring
Symptoms begin as a darkened water-soaked appearance to the grass. The patches enlarge and may develop to orange-brown rings around the outside of the patch.
Fusarium is most often found on our greens but can also affect our tees and fairways however as these areas are less dependant on a smooth surface it is less of a problem. Fusarium is the most common and widespread diseases affecting golf course in the UK.
Generally courses with a grass sward dominant in Poa annua (which filton has), are most susceptible.
Fusarium can occur at any time of the year, however it is most common and damaging during the autumn and winter when the weather is mild and moist.
Anthracnose is most common on Poa annua grass in the UK. anthractnose can cause two types of disease depending on the weather conditions during infection.
Foliar blight, the grass turns a tan-yellow colour in irregular patches, this type is most common during hot, dry periods of the summer.
Basal rot, this begins as yellowing of older leaves on individual plants. The youngest leaf may become brick red in the later stages of development. The plant easily pulls from the turf and a black rot is visible at the base of the stem. This type is mostly found during cool, wet weather from late autumn through winter and into early spring.
Anthracnose is generally found on any area of turf suffering from stress, especially golf greens, tees and fairways. Anthracnose is widespread over the whole of the UK. It is the second most common disease on golf courses in the UK.
We have a large presence of Poa annua grass all over the golf course especially in our greens, Poa is particularly susceptible to Anthracnose. Grass that is under stress is also susceptible, some of these stress situations that have occured this year which have particularly contributed are as follows: -
Nematodes are microscopic invertebrate animals that are especially common in soils. They range in size from 100 µm to 300µm in length. Plant parasitic nematodes have a protractible hollow or grooved spear (stylet) in their head which they use to puncture plant cells and withdraw the contents.
Greens provide an ideal environment for nematodes. Greens provide the nematodes with a uniform host with a long growing season. The soil has a high percentage of sand which provides ideal pore spaces for oxygen, water and nematode mobility, and the greens are watered frequently. Nematodes are aquatic animals and need moisture for mobility. Golf greens can have some of the highest populations of nematodes found in agricultural soils.
Next Season the greens staff will be top dressing our greens more regularly to promote a smoother and more resilient playing surface, below is a short very informative video on the benefits of top dressing and why we do it.
Due to the new seed needing time to establish itself to a level to which it will be able to sustain foot traffic greens will be moved to Temps during frost conditions.
This will be monitored during the morning and as frost clears greens will be back in play.
There will be a cut off at 10.30am and if frost still present then temps will remain in play for the day.
After resting the greens for a week during the seed germination process, the green staff have been handcutting the greens to avoid any undue stress on the new seed.
After putting them back in play on Saturday 26th October, the roll on the greens was noticably smoother.
This will get better with time as the new seed gets stronger, we aim to repeat the process annually over the next few years to promote the best possible playing surface for the members.
We have now Started Work to Fix the un-even and wet winter Teeing area to the 8th
After breaking ground we found that the high part of the tee was made up of a very compact layer of clay, causing rain water to run off and sit in the lower part of the teeing area, which happened to be the levelest part of the tee where most of the members opted to tee the ball up.
After using the rotavator to roughly level the tee we decided to add sand to help future drainage and improve the soil composition.
We then seeded the area, as can be seen from the above photo the seed is now taking quite well.
Unfortunately, due to the tee being seed and the fact that the hole requires predominantly irons being used. We have decided to keep the tee out of play for the 2018/19 winter to allow the tee to bed in properly.
For winter 2018/19 the yellow tees will be situated at the back of the ladies tee, during march maintenance week we will repair the ladies tee to compensate for the additional wear.
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