Sunscreen and Ice Cream… In March!!
It’s all go here at The Duke’s, as I am sure it is at most golf courses at the moment. The drought continues for us on the east coast and with the temperatures up into the 20s it’s an early start to ensure the irrigation system is working correctly!. A few minor repairs to deal with some pipes leaking but nothing to much to set us back. Normally after this period of dry weather I would be expecting the greens to be drying out, but for the first time in 4 years we have decided to use a wetting agent programme which has proven to be a good decision!. We have only had around 25mm of rainfall so far this year and speaking to some colleagues through near Stirling, they have had nearly 200mm in the same time period. I am sure further west will have had even more and would gladly pass some our way though!.
We have spent the past few days verticutting the tees before we apply a 4-0-4 mosskiller fertiliser. This should knock back any moss that we have on the tees(generally the ones that get used the least).
The greens have had applications of foliar fertilsers, seaweed and wetting agent this week in an attempt to take advantage of this unseasonal sunshine, this combined with a little irrigation we should see some growth, which is a bonus this early in the season.
As I said at the beginning, its all go, so better keep taking advantage of this weather and get out of the office!
Posted: March 31st, 2012 under Course Maintenance.