On the Course in May
Welcome to the May edition of our monthly Course Blogs keeping you updated on the general condition of the golf course plus details of all the work Head Green Keeper, Shaun Kench, and his team have been doing throughout the month.
The May weather followed on from April with a high of 27 degrees and a low of 13 degrees with lots of sunshine filled dry days. The rainfall we did have, however, was extremely heavy at times with over 30mm of rain in one three day period alone, and a total of over 180mm for the month. Despite the range of weather conditions and continued increase in growth rates, the course has stood up really well to the tests.
Throughout the month we had the tractor sprayer out treating the clover and weeds on all areas of rough and the fairways on the course. They were treated with Relay Turf Selective Weedkiller which gives outstanding control of turf weed in the high growth rate season. We also used Compitox Penetrant to assist this process as it increases the surface area of the droplet, increases the rate of uptake and, on hard-to-wet weeds, increases the amount of herbicide entering the plant.
As a result of the hot spell we enjoyed during May, all greens and tee boxes were irrigated throughout the period and this process has shown great results with improved playing surfaces for members and visitors to enjoy.
The tee's were also sprayed with a Retain Wetting Agent as we continue to prevent and cure dry patch areas and also move any water through the soil surface and into the root zones. This process also improves water conservation as well as turf health and quality to enhance the playing experience.