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Course Maintenance Review – May 2015


“Never cast a clout until May is out”

The above proverb is a timely reminder of how difficult spring can be. Nagging chilly winds with very little heat in the sun has held growth back throughout the course this past month which has been challenging. No doubt most of you watched the BMW at Wentworth and witnessed the problems lack of growth can cause early in the season. Thankfully it looks like a little bit of summer is finally on the way by the end of this week so dig out the shorts and sun cream.

Monthly liquid feed with added iron and seaweed applied to greens providing just enough nutrients to thicken up sward and keep the plant healthy. Annual Meadow grass is seeding at present therefore greens take on a pale appearance at times, this will pass in a few weeks time as seeding drops off. Despite the difficulties we have faced this spring the greens are rolling nice and true. HOC remains at 4.5mm.

Spraying for weeds on fairways, semi rough and rough is still ongoing when weather allows. We will be applying an additional liquid feed to fairways in the coming weeks as temperatures begin to rise.

Contractors have been on site to grind out tree stumps at holes 8 & 9 all these areas will be overseeded or turfed in the coming days.

As mentioned last month one of our goals this coming season is to further enhance the mowing around green banks and surrounds. We have just taken delivery of our new machine to assist with this task so hopefully in the coming weeks you will begin to see the improvements taking shape.

Mark Willis will be joining us as a part time gardener from 1st June. Mark is an experienced gardener who has worked on several large estates around the Henley area including Friar Park.

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Lindsay T Anderson
Course Manager