Thursday, 18 September 2014

Overseeding / green speed

The results of the over-seeding work that was done on greens and approaches at the end of August have been excellent.  A high percentage of the seed has germinated and lines of new seedlings are visible, particularly in the early morning or late evening when the sun is low in the sky.  The downside has been that due to the light fertiliser applied before seeding, the top dressing applied after and the irrigation water applied to support the growth of new seedlings, the greens have been a little slower than normal for the last two weeks.  These effects are now much reduced and the greens are close to the speeds we would expect in the prevailing weather conditions.  The effect that surface moisture has on green speed was well illustrated today when the stimpmeter reading was around 8ft just after mowing when the grass was still damp from the heavy dew and 9ft around midday when the greens had dried out.

Lines of seedlings on a bare patch on the 6th approach

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