A little update for you on the greens front next week….
So week commencing 1st April the Green staff will be hollow coring the greens to a depth of 4cm. This process is necessary to reduce the organic content in our greens. Having recently received our soil samples back from our consultants, whilst heading in the right direction our thatch levels remain on the high side. Thatch acts like a sponge absorbing water and increasing the water content on the greens… The drainage works we are carrying out helps to reduce this, however additional work at surface level is always required during the course of the year.
So hollow coring is the removal of small cores from the green profile. Once the cores are cleared from the greens, they will be filled with top dressing. There will be times when the greens are being worked when we will have to place the pins on the temps. So why do we carry out hollow coring…. We are carrying out this procedure to help improve the compaction created from traffic and maintenance practices over the course of the year. This produces an environment for new roots to grow into the top dressing creating firmer and dryer playing surfaces which become more tolerant in heat and disease stress situations….
I have attached some photos for you which I hope illustrates how the greens will quickly improve over the coming weeks…..
As always please may we ask members for your patience during this process……