October being both busy and wet did not present many opportunities to complete a number of the more regular and important tasks, however, last week was both relatively quiet and dry allowing us to topdress greens and immediate green surrounds.
Topdressing is an important part of the greens maintenance programme enhancing considerably the smoothness and firmness of the playing surface and playing an important role in reducing the amount of organic material (thatch) beneath the surface.
The photo shows dressing being applied to the 1st green
We were delighted to see positive results from the overseeding which took place following the Grand Match in early October. Warm temperatures and moist soil conditions have created an ideal growing environment, not always the case at this time of year. The timing of these operations is important and we will give consideration to carrying out this work at other suitable times of the year if this is to the clubs advantage
Overseeding was carried out using a straight fescue mix, consistent with our objective to creating fast and true surfaces which are also drought resistant
The photo shows establishment of seedlings in the 15th green