Twice yearly in Spring and Autumn prior to greens renovations we commence product applications for the suppression / control of certain grass weeds in the greens, namely Saltene and Couch encroachment, both grasses being extremely difficult to control in Bent grass greens and we do historically have a large amount. Unfortunately one product does not control / suppress both weed grasses so there is a need to apply different products multiple times during the control periods prior to renovations.
The application of these products will lead to a sharp down turn in the appearance of the greens. Discolouration and some thin weak areas will result in the lead up to renovations. The degree and type of discolouration will vary green to green depending on the main target weed, main product used and, as some greens only require spot treatment while others require a full spray, the overall area sprayed.
These impacts and appearances are only temporary and will recover during the renovation recovery period. The Recovery period may be slightly longer than we have become accustomed to over recent years and will likely take the standard 5 weeks to fully recover.
On the topic of Renovations (insert a smiley face with a big grin, for those use to emoticons ) we also require volunteers to help clean up cores on Sunday the 5th March starting at 7am, many hands make light work and will make the process faster to complete, your help will be greatly appreciated as always.