Greetham Valley golf course manager Adi Porter and his green keeping team have recently applied a fertiliser called LiquidGold to the greens at Greetham Valley – this image of the 4th green on the Lakes course, taken a day after the application, speaks for itself!
Course maintenance work this August
The renovation work carried out on the greens is an essential part of our programme to keep the greens at their optimum condition throughout the year. Carrying out the procedure in August gives us the quickest recovery time so less disruption to the playing surfaces. The soil and air temperatures are usually just right for the bent seed to germinate and maximise the benefits of the whole operation.
We firstly scarify all the putting surfaces to remove as much of the dead organic matter (thatch) as possible. This is followed by hollow coring the greens with 10mm hollow tines set at 2 inch spacing to a depth of approx 60mm. This creates the holes that will incorporate the 100 tonnes of sand that we then apply. This is then brushed in to fill the holes.We then apply the bent seed with a dimple seeder, at 4 gm per m2, ensuring that it is not too deep as such a fine seed will not germinate if it is.
The surfaces are then brushed again, and then we iron the greens several times to smooth out the surfaces. We will then keep the greens moist on the surface for about a week which gives the new seed every chance of germinating which then allows us to reduce the heights of cut to normal and everything is then back to normal.
We aim to complete 18 greens and have them back to 90% condition within 2 days. They will be back to 100% within 10-14 days.
Schedule for maintenance work
Valley course Monday 5th August from 10.30am.
Lakes course Monday 12th August from 11.30am.