The north wind that we have had this week has really dried the courses out and we really do need some rain so hopefully one of the scattered storms in the area this afternoon makes its way to Cool Tweed.. The way the leaves are dropping off the trees is a good tell tale sign that the trees are struggling for moisture as well.
It's that time of year again with the River greens renovation scheduled for next week. The weather forecast has no rain in it so we should get a good run at them. The dry does mean that the sodium levels are through the roof and the greens are under some stress already. We were in a similar dry period last year and the greens really took a hit although we are going a month earlier than last year so the weather is also somewhat cooler and that will slow recovery as well. You really need to have good soil temperatures to aid recovery with warm season turfgrass.
The greens will be scarified in at least four directions up and back on the same line and the de-thatched up and back in up to two directions. The photos below show the scarifier and de-thatcher heads. The scarifiers will be set at 5mm depth and the de-thatchers at 3mm depth. The greens will then be hollow tine aerated with 10mm tines and will only penetrate 50mm. With the undulations in the greens this is hard to do as the machine naturally shifts up when travelling over mounds. Following the aeration the greens will have some amendments and fertiliser added and the quantity and type will vary depending on the green and applicable soil test results.
On Wednesday next week we will be planting the edges of 1R green with some cores and stolons so the green will be out of play for four weeks while the turf establishes. It should take about twelve weeks to attain full cover but the area will be playable whilst it is growing in after the initial four weeks. The reason we need to close the green is it will require constant irrigation to ensure the new material survives and starts to grow and to prevent foot traffic from having a detrimental effect.
|De-thatcher heads|| |
|Hollow tine heads.|