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Duxbury Park July Greenkeeper’s Report

Hello everyone

I would like to update you all with our progress

In my previous report I discussed the new machinery and irrigation upgrade. The tractor has already reached over 170hrs and the irrigation system is working effectively. I think you will agree that the greens have recovered well from last years extreme weather. See below for a summary of our work;

Greens

The plugging out of scars and heat stress from last summer’s weather is working well and achieving good growth coverage, particularly on hole 7.

  • Greens cutting height continuing at 3.5mm
  • Regular top-dressing at 60 Tonne to date
  • Damp and humid mornings have increased disease pressure. I assess this on a daily basis and will apply a fungicide when required, however, at present, the greens are in good order.
  • Scarified (Helps to decrease thatch levels, discourages unwanted grasses and seed heads. Encourages new growth and a healthy plant free from disease).

Tees

  • Selective weedkiller application on going
  • Cored and verti drained
  • Regular divoting
  • Regular marker rotation
  • Soluble fertilser waiting to be applied
  • Cut to 11mm

Fairways, Collars and Approaches

These areas regularly brushed. Following a heavy dew this practice has also created good grass coverage
Selective weedkiller applied, some areas will be targeted again. We will be working hard also on Par 3’s increasing definition, soluble fertiliser will also be applied to collars and approaches.

Rough

This is one of our biggest areas and time consuming to manage.
We had one week of consistent rain in June where we were unable to cut the rough all week. We then, unfortunately, had a staff member off work which put the course back around three weeks. This has created a build up of grass clippings causing an inaccurate cut. The mower is set at 50mm. If I was to lower this further it would create more clippings which we do not have a machine to collect.

Bunkers

  • Edged when required
  • Regularly raked and sand movement
  • Weeded on a daily basis

We will continue our hard work through the busy month of July, and I will fit in a light verti-cut, topdress and fertiliser to keep the surface true. The rough will be a top priority and we should be back on track very shortly. My two new members of staff have settled in really well, and I am proud of the way they are working. They have picked up on my standards and work ethic. A big well done to Joe who has been awarded employee of the month so congratulate him if you see him out on the course.

As always, please feel free to approach myself and the team with any feedback regarding the golf course.

See you on the fairways!

Jon Wilson.

Head Greenkeeper

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