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Green Watch – Spring Golf Maintenance

As the days start to lengthen and temperatures begin to rise, our winter projects are drawing to a close and we are moving onto spring golf maintenance.

The green-keeping team have been very busy over the winter period and completed many of the necessary golf maintenance tasks such as winter servicing of the machinery, carried out a site survey on the tree saplings and pruned where necessary and internally extended various paths around the golf course with plastic hexipath. They have also completed furniture renovations and, with the addition of the new trencher machine in autumn last year, they have been able to successfully add secondary drainage in low areas and areas of heavy traffic on the golf course.
As spring is nearly with us, the team are now currently looking to make sure plans are in place for the upcoming season. This includes fertiliser programs for the course and estates, top dressing materials, and the various chemicals needed to maintain the course for the rest of the season. These plans allow us too accurately and efficiently control costs and schedule the workload around the ever increasing demands of the course through the busy summer period.
Along side these plans and with the temperatures improving we are starting to see signs of growth, and with this our mowing/rolling regime is starting to increase so keep an eye out for us on the course! We are also preparing to apply the first scheduled fertiliser application to aid and kick-start the new growth. When applying this feed though we must be vigilant and look for signs of a disease threat such as fusarium patch which can occur from warm, damp conditions and lush growth (thin susceptible plant cell walls), and try to keep surfaces as dry as possible to prevent this attack.
All of this spring golf maintenance helps to make Rockliffe Golf one of the best golf courses in the UK. If you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to ask a member of the friendly green-keeping team.
To find out more about golf at Rockliffe Hall, please call 01325 729980 or email