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Fairway Renovation Pics / Results

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The fairway renovations were completed last Wednesday. They were verti cut in 2 directions, scroll cut twice and a huge amount of thatch removed. Over 150 cubic meters of material was removed, the fairways may look ordinary at the moment as warned, however a necessary job as explained previously. We expect a recovery time of 4 to 6 weeks.
Fertilising was carried out today, sprinkler trimming and leveling irrigation line furrows will be undertaken during the remainder of this week.




 


Front 9 Fwy Renovations

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With the fairway in great shape, I keep asking myself why oh why are you still planning on ripping them up and then having a long recovery period before they are back in the same condition ? The answer is the same, if it isn't done, I know through the remainder of summer it will be next to impossible to keep the fairways in the condition they are in now.

Why is it that you ask ?
The thatch layer I have referred to when talking of the greens renovations is the main culprit and target for the Fairway renovations. Wintergreen Couch is a phenomenal grower and thatches up naturally very quickly, under high maintenance regimes this is more so. Generally at around 15mm to even 20mm is acceptable, any higher and if nothing is done, trouble is just around the corner.
Thatch as I have said before is the layer of dead and growing matter between the green leaf and soil, at 15mm or below in depth it is beneficial as it helps out compete weeds and helps retain soil moisture through warmer months. …

RAIN !!!!!!

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Finally some decent falls, some good soaking rain 53mm in total fell on the course over 2 days alleviating some pressure with water use. The rain will save us some 6Mg of water possibly 10 if the cool weather persists.
Something we haven't seen for a while..........Water views from the shed!!!!!!  The rain didn't stop us working, we took the opportunity to carry machine maintenance and sharpening of all cylinder mowers to keep the cut at the highest quality.

As well as the machine maintenance and sharpening we also took the opportunity the finish fertilising all areas not already done so, from Green and Tees surrounds and Roughs to some Fairways. All part of the maintenance to get the course looking like this.



The course is in great shape at the moment, I would go so far to say it is peaking in condition and will do so for the next few weeks before we start the Front 9 Fairway renovations which will be disruptive to playing surfaces. I will in the next Post, next week, describe the…

Progress

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In greenkeeping it can at times be difficult when dealing with factors outside your control, and there are many, so you concentrate on the factors that are. Its good for you, and good for staff moral when they can see the end result of all the hard work put in. That's the beauty of this trade, for all the work you put in and comes undone through outside influences, there are plenty more instances where you can see why you love the job.

The greens have come back very quickly from Reno's, they are in healthy condition and looking great. They are being cut at 3mm with double cutting this week. They may still be a little off pace as strong growth continues from the fert applied over the reno period, this will subside as we lay off the Nitrogen component and return to our normal nutrient maintenance practices.  
The tees are also in great condition after renovations, plenty of growth recovering wear areas. Anthony taking great pride in his stripes as he sees the fruits of his labour …