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July Greenkeeper Report 2018

Golf Courses July Report 2018

Weather

The heatwave has continued all this month, resulting in the automatic irrigation system being at full stretch in order to maintain the greens and tees in as good as condition as possible.

Balcomie course

Greens – Cut daily at a height of 4mm and rolled with the turf iron when possible. The monthly spiking and application of wetting agent and Seaweed has continued and all greens were treated with a fungicide to help try to reduce a disorder called Fairy Ring which thrives in these very dry conditions.

Craighead course

Greens – Cut daily at a height of 4mm and rolled with the iron when possible. The monthly spiking and application of wetting agent and Seaweed has continued and all greens were treated with an application of fungicide to control a disease called Take-All Patch. We have continued to apply top-dressing weekly to help reduce thatch and firm up the surfaces.

Both courses

Surrounds – Cut twice weekly at a height of 8mm, with the direction of cut changed daily to reduce napping to the surfaces.

Tees – Cut twice a week at a height of 10mm and at the same time all divots are filled, bins emptied, ball washers topped up and broken tees picked up to keep these areas tidy. We have started to rest the Craighead tees that will be used for the British Ladies Senior Championships in September.

Fairways – Cut weekly at a height of 14.5mm, with divots filled on landing areas when possible.

Semi- roughs/3.5” roughs – Cut when required.

For more course information check out the blog at www.crailgreenkeepersblog.blogspot.com/

Posted 06/08/2018

Robert Meikle

Golf Course Manager