With the days growing shorter we are usually slowing up with our mowing operations and undertaking our winter chores, but this November that has certainly not been the case. With growth still strong on the course we have been able to remain on grass tees until the second week of November.
In our case the timing of our renovations did not do us any favours, fixtures forced us to carry out our works late in the season. With the top dressing that we applied holding moisture on the leaves of the plant and with the mild and wet weather, conditions were perfect for the disease to strike.
There are expensive chemicals on the market to treat this disease both preventatively and curatively but although prevention is better than a cure, you never know if you are going to suffer fusarium so it is a costly and often unnecessary practice. Whatever action we take now will not change the condition of the greens until the spring and it is encouraging to see new growth in the middle of the disease patches.
We have however already planned our renovation works for next year and they will be carried out in August, so that the timing should not clash with conditions suitable for disease outbreak, and if there is a disease outbreak then we will have adequate time and growth for recovery before the onset of winter. Events will be planned round the work rather than the other way round.
We have had a few people ask about our renovations, and a question that keeps coming up is ‘why haven’t you filled the holes up to the surface?’
- · Thatch removal
- · Soil Exchange
Plans for the coming month (weather depending) include:
- · Finishing the 6th drainage project
- · Clearing leaves
- · Replacing steps
- · Aeration of walkways, greens etc.
And finally to finish on a bright note, our apprentice Lewis Arscott has now passed his level 2 qualification!
Lewis joined Honiton Golf Club in September 2014 and has completed his course ahead of schedule, we are very proud of his achievement and hope that his progress continues, well done Lewis!