As the long, wet winter months gradually begin to make way for what will hopefully be a favourable spring, golf clubs which demand the use of year-round grass tees will probably be facing the task of repairing significant damage to those tees.
With sports pitches across the UK either severely water-logged or completely submerged by flood waters, the majority of spring aeration work and fertiliser applications are on hold. Groundsmen are instead contemplating their next moves once the flood waters have receded and water tables have started to fall.
The creation of a bespoke over-seeding mixture has enabled the greenkeeping team at Dunblane New Golf Club to improve the uniformity and aesthetics of the club’s fairways and tees, with a carefully chosen seed formula ensuring new grass growth blends seamlessly with the course’s existing swards.
Scott Davidson, head greenkeeper at Cathcart Castle Golf Club to the south of Glasgow, has reinstated a redundant green on his club’s course, with the renovated space acting as a trial site for the latest generation of creeping bentgrasses. By growing a small selection of cultivars under real world conditions, he hopes to determine whether or not creeping bents are a viable option for greenkeepers in the west of Scotland and, if so, whether these species can be managed with a reduced reliance on fungicides.
The following disease management webinars were recorded at the Wentworth Club in Surrey where Germinal hosted a group of 100 greenkeepers from across the UK to learn more about how the use of 007 DSB Creeping Bentgrass has improved the speed, playability and consistency of the greens on the famous West Course
Germinal has announced that it has gained exclusive UK, Ireland and European distribution rights for new browntop bentgrass cultivar, Musket, and that the new variety will be included in the company’s range of greens-specific seed mixtures in 2020.
Greenkeepers, groundsmen and amenity space managers should apply more than just nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to their green areas this autumn, with magnesium and iron essential to maintaining healthy, disease free grass swards throughout the winter.