The toughest time of the year

By , February 9, 2015 9:13 am

For most Winter sports and golf,  the winter months are the toughest time for pitches and trying to keep the impact of wet, frozen and other harsh conditions to a minimum is a balancing act with teams needing and wanting to play whenever they can Saturated turf can lose strength and become slippery and grass cover can easily be lost. The physical properties of your soils will dictate how well your pitch can drain; sandy soils drain well, whereas heavier clay soils tend to be slower draining and even hold water.









The skill of a Groundsman especially on a tight budget is challenged at this time of year and all the pre work you have done throughout the other seasons will now come into play it is the work you do in the spring (renovations), and subsequent summer maintenance (regular mowing) and autumn (aeration) work, that prepares your surface for the winter.When ground conditions are reasonable, try and get some air back into the soil profile; this will help improve gaseous exchanges and help water drain from the surface.Mowing heights may vary depending on local conditions, type of course, course expectations, sward type and mower type. Soil temperatures should soon begin to rise towards the end of February/early March, enabling the grass plant to start to recover and speed up growth. From then on drainage should be less of an issue and spring plans can be put into action.












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