Another rather hectic week on the West greens Tifeagle conversion with 13 being planted, 16 having the new growing medium installed and 11 being excavated and irrigation installation commenced. Once again some surprises with 11 having some very distinct layering throughout the growing medium and some rather unsuitable soil about 150mm under the surface with even more unsuitable material below that. The green had the same gravel layer as 13 but at a much greater depth. There was minimal drainage in the green and it wasn't functioning although I doubt any water had ever made it down to the pipes that were about a metre deep. There was also some novel plumbing ideas as per the photo below. The drainage issue took most of today to solve and is the first real "hiccup" in the program to date.
13 green was planted on Wednesday which was lucky as the high winds of Thursday would have made it near impossible to get the cover down. The cover acts as a greenhouse and increases soil temperature whilst still letting moisture through. The stolons need to be kept moist for the first ten days in particular after which they should have taken root and become reasonably self sufficient.
I was hoping that up to 50% of the material removed from the existing greens may have been able to be used to topdress some fairways but unfortunately this has not been the case. To help expedite the excavation some of the material has been used to form some mounds at the rear of 11W towards 10W and 3W green. These areas will be turfed on Monday.
Next weeks plan is for 11 to be filled and prepared for planting the following week most likely and 14 started subject to suitable weather conditions. 16 will be planted on next Tuesday.
A few photos below of this weeks activities.
|First load of sand in to 16W|
|Starting to excavate 11W|
|Another strange soil profile.|
|A rather novel way of capping a drainage pipe!!|