Its nearing the end of February and we are finally enjoying a long awaited dry spell!
This winter has been a looong dreary season of persistent rainfall. While not necessarily with record breaking figures, there have been less than a handful of 'drying' days since September as we have been largely stuck in a damp south westerly airflow.
After months of standing water throughout the course we are now able to get machinery out and begin crucial recovery work to ready the course for the golfing season.
This week we have hollow tined greens with 8mm tines at 3inch depth. This will reduce moss caused by standing water and remove water compacted anaerobic rootzone. Using narrow tines will give a quicker recovery when grass growth is limited and a follow up topdressing will restore the surface and continue the programme to produce a sandier, firmer rootzone.
As ground temperatures rise we will look to overseed all greens to thicken weak water damaged areas and again continue the programme of reintroducing desirable, more tolerant grass species.
While we are not out of winter yet and we will no doubt see a few more tough days first, spring is on the horizon and the shorts and sun cream are at the ready 😎