Sorrel Rolling… On Thursday evening we sorrel rolled the greens. Used on a regular basis the sorrel roller breaks up any crust that tends to form on the soil. The small spikes penetrate the surface which allows the air, nutrients and especially water to start their journey to the roots. This won’t interfere with play but it will ensure that we max the wet weather this weekend for the health of the greens.
Wetting Agent… we also applied wetting agent to the greens. This means that all of this weekend’s rain will penetrate the soil properly and stay drinkable for longer. It effectively breaks down the wax that forms on greens which would otherwise prevent the water from getting to the roots.
Cutting Days… Weather permitting, we are now cutting greens on Tuesday / Wednesday / Friday / Saturday / Sunday (Resting Monday and Thursday). with a hole change every Thursday evening.
Poa Busting / Grooming… for the next few weeks, each Wednesday morning we will be groomimg and cutting. The groomer was a new investment and essentially vertically cuts the grass, helping to strip out the poa seeds which are beginning to flower on the greens. This will do two things; one, increase speed (as poa seed adds friction) and two, will increase consistency.
Lot’s to do – but the greens are healthier than they have ever been at this time of year and are getting faster and more consistent. We are aiming to work within the 8 to 8.5 ft stimp territory. For regular membership play this is regarded as medium-fast to fast and for tournament play, medium. Great feedback from Richard Aldridge and the WAGS on the condition and speed – thanks Richard.