Friday, 18 July 2014
We've been spraying some of the bracken this week. Don't expect the bracken to curl up and die in a few weeks, it only gets knocked back a little during the season of application but is severely weakened the following spring. Bracken is a very invasive and robust plant that requires persistent effort over several seasons to get good results. We use a combination of cutting and crushing to weaken dense bracken areas then a selective weedkiller (Asulox). Several areas of the course that were once a dense and impenetrable monoculture of bracken are now dry acid grassland with a good mixture of wild flowers. These areas provide a much better wildlife habitat than the bracken and a much improved golfing hazard.