December and January turf maintenance

By Grassgroup, December 22, 2014 10:19 am

As the weather finally changes, Frost holes may be required on some greens in the morning as this will provide protection against any inappropriate wear. Don’t forget to slit tine aerate on a regular basis and keep your aeration programme working. Over the festive period maintain the greens height in accordance with course standards using your ATT Cassettes. This will usually be no higher than 8mm. If you haven’t already finished topping the fairways, this will most likely be the last occasion for a few months before you give your Progressive mower its winter service. Keep up the ongoing battle to remove leaves on a regular basis using your Trilo machine to prevent the turf being smothered.

 

 

 

 

 

For Bowling Greens earthworms may now be a problem so drag brush daily. Aerate to keep the surface open and to improve surface drainage and drying. This may also help to reduce the effects of earthworm activity.Look out for Fusarium patch disease during mild damp spells. Sulphate of iron applications can help to reduce the chance of disease attack. Sulphate of iron can help to harden the grass against this disease. Keep the grass topped at about 10mm to 12mm high as this will reduce the chance of disease attack. For Football and rugby, divoting is a key task at this time of year as growth is very slow. Repairs need to be made in order to maintain a reasonable surface for as long as possible. A regular brush and/or harrow if conditions are suitable will help to protect your surface. Overmarking should not be neglected. In order to determine a suitable overmarking programme, consider the weather conditions and how many games have been played especially with the extra matches across the Christmas period.Slit tine aerate the pitch but be prepared to stop if conditions are found to be unsuitable, you can cause more harm by continuing and also don’t forget to sand worn areas as required and overseed as required after matches using the RotaDairon SeedCar.

 

The last thing to remember is to enjoy a few days off and have a happy Christmas from all the team at The Grass Group.

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