Greens Maintenance (Rescue Trial) Updated Friday 21st April

Greens Maintenance

Members may be aware that the Club has engaged the services of RIPTA Agronomist Mr Philip Armitage, following Philip’s site visit in January he has set out a programme of work to improve the quality of the main course greens. Part of this work is to remove coarse grasses (Ryegrass & Yorkshire Fog) from the greens and replace with finer grasses (Bent & Fescue). The Main Board has approved that the Greens Committee can trial a product called Rescue. Rescue provides effective control of Ryegrass, reduces other invasive coarse grasses, and leaves Fescue and Poa Annua unaffected.

Before applying Rescue, the following work will be carried out on a trial area of the 8th green this week.

1.        The trial area will be hollow cored to 100mm, the cores will be removed and the holes back-filled with top dressing.

2.        The trial area will be sarel-spiked and overseeded with Bent grass.

3.        The trial area will be sprayed with Rescue using a knapsack sprayer.

Members will see that the trial area will start to turn yellow after about 7 – 10 days as the coarse grasses start to die back. The Bent grass that was overseeded prior to the application of Rescue will germinate leaving a superior putting surface both visually and in playability.

 

For and on behalf of the Main Board, R Pettett Secretary

Hollow coring carried out on Monday 27th March

Hollow coring carried out on Monday 27th March

Approximately 1 quarter of the green has been cored on the right hand side to a depth of 100mm. The cores have been removed from the green. The holes will be back-filled on Tuesday with top dressing, the area will then be overseeded with Bent grass before the area is sprayed on Friday with Rescue.

Thurs 30th March: The trial area has been over seeded with Bent grass with a layer of top dressing applied.

Thurs 30th March: The trial area has been over seeded with Bent grass with a layer of top dressing applied.

Head Green-Keeper Mark Henderson spraying Rescue on Friday 31st March

Head Green-Keeper Mark Henderson spraying Rescue on Friday 31st March

P Armitage assessing the Club's Rescue trial on the 8th green. The area where Philip is standing and to the right of where Philip is standing has been treated with Rescue, the course grasses have now discoulored and are stating to die, the bent grass applied before the Rescue was applied has already started to germinate. Philip was delighted with the success of the trial and has recommended that the Club applies Rescue to all of the greens during the annual greens maintenance week in August.

P Armitage assessing the Club's Rescue trial on the 8th green. The area where Philip is standing and to the right of where Philip is standing has been treated with Rescue, the course grasses have now discoulored and are stating to die, the bent grass applied before the Rescue was applied has already started to germinate. Philip was delighted with the success of the trial and has recommended that the Club applies Rescue to all of the greens during the annual greens maintenance week in August.

Following his inspection of the Rescue trial, Philip then performed some tests on the 8th green to measure moisture content, firmness of the green, and a pressure test. The results from these will help determine the programme of work for the coming seasons.

Following his inspection of the Rescue trial, Philip then performed some tests on the 8th green to measure moisture content, firmness of the green, and a pressure test. The results from these will help determine the programme of work for the coming seasons.