With limited staff and split shifts the question I get asked the most is “I suppose all you can do is mow?” How very wrong!!
The onset of the cooler weather in autumn can lead to a peak in turf disease activity and that is what we are experiencing right now. In order to have the course in as good a condition as possible, when play returns. Multiple chemical application are being carried out.
The keys to the spray tank are more like a relay baton, between Dan and myself, (after sanitization of course).
Greens – the preventative fungicide program has been successful and will continue, along with a herbicide application targeting winter weeds and hydro cotyle.
Tees and green surrounds – have received an application of fungicide as a curative for Dollar spot and a preventative for winter fusarium
Fairways – all fairways have received an insecticide application to try and eliminate black beetle, stem weevil and the type before they hibernate for winter. In the aim that less reappear come the warmer months.
Bunkers and paths – all bunker have been blanket sprayed with a knockdown herbicide
Mowing – in order to try to reduce the amount of mowing required, I have trialled poisoning large areas of rough that are predominately out of play. Results from this trial will be more obvious in a week or so.