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Greens News - June 2018
27 June 2018

As I write this the wet winter seems a very distant memory. The end of June is near and the course is almost in drought conditions . Rainfall for this month has been low, as 28mm of that recorded fell in 4 hours at the start of the month. The course is drying out and playing firm and fast. The irrigation system is in regular use as there is little rainfall forecast. We have also been out hand watering (hose pipes) to treat localised dry spots. Once again the greens have been sprayed with a wetting agent and seaweed to prevent stress associated with heat and dry conditions.

The high heat/dry conditions will also reduce growth and the need for constant mowing. This will allow us to catch up with other tasks that have been side-lined due to other priorities.

You may be aware the height of cut has been lowered for the main rough, this is now set around the 50/55mm mark. Unfortunately last week we did have some damage caused to the ‘Articulator’ which required some new parts. It should be up and running very quickly.

We have had an initial meeting with our local John Deere dealers on financing new equipment. Our existing fleet of machines is six years old and could become a burden with expensive repairs. Further meetings and demonstrations are planned to see what is a viable route for the club to take.

 

Rainfall 36.5mm

 

 

 

 

Gareth Williams, Course Director

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