Maintaining a golfing green at a standard fit for professional play isn’t an easy task and takes a great deal of knowledge, care and the right products.
With golf being a year-round sport and hobby, it can be increasingly difficult to make sure the green remains free from damage and looks the part too!
Probably the most important factor on any sports ground is ensuring the correct grass varieties are sown to give the best resistance against wear and tear as well as create a suitable surface for whatever sport is being played. When it comes to golf, a surface which allows for durability as well as short mowing is important on the greens and similarly, a surface which limits unfair bobbles on the putting green is paramount.
The Grass People have a mix for every area of the golf course. Starting with the tees, we have PERFORM: Golf Tees. This is made up of a blend of Perennial ryegrass, chewings fescue, slender creeping red fescue, smooth stalked meadow grass and browntop bentgrass. This blend results in a hardy, drought resistant mix which has no difficulty coping with the intensive use and short mowing required of a golf tee.
PERFORM: Golf Fairways as the name suggests, is the go-to blend for seeding fairways. This mix of perennial ryegrass, strong creeping red fescue and slender creeping red fescue creates a dense and durable surface with a disease resistance that will see out any conditions.
Finally, our PERFORM: Golf Greens mix is the perfect blend of slender creeping red fescue, chewings fescue and browntop bentgrass allowing for tight mowing, durability and uniformity in the grass sward.
When overseeding a golf green it’s best to put aside the general rules of timing which usually accompany reseeding plans. Due to the varieties in the mix, sowing between April and September is the ideal mix as temperatures exceeding 10 degrees Celsius are ideal. Overseed each area of the course at 35g per m2 using the relevant seed and make sure it is watered regularly, especially in the earlier stages of growth.
There are a wide variety of practices which should be considered when managing the upkeep of a golf course. Scarification, aeration, regular mowing and applying fertiliser are all required for the perfect green.
Aeration is an important practice for maintaining any pitch. The process allows air and water to flow freely through the soil, ensuring grass roots receive plenty of both. Frequency depends on the method of aeration, whether it be spiking, slitting or coring. Spiking involves creating holes at a depth of 30mm using a garden fork and this should be carried out on a yearly basis. Slitting can be done more regularly as it does minimal cosmetic damage to the surface of the soil, take care not to overdo this job in case the pith becomes unsightly, though once a month is a good frequency to aim for. Coring should be done once every 3 years, in the off season, this involves using a corer to remove cylinders of soil from the ground, allowing soil space to breath and therefore reducing compaction.
Scarification is a great way to remove thatch from cricket pitches and keeps the area looking fresh and healthy. This is best carried out using an automated scarifier and should be done at the end of the playing season as it will also clear the area of debris and make any repair work easier.
Mowing should be a very regular activity on any sports ground. Not only does it keep the course looking great, it also ensures play remains fair and encourages further grass growth. One of the most under valued pitch care practices but undoubtedly one of the most important, our mixes are designed with short mowing in mind, to ensure the field can be kept neat during the season.
Generally speaking, the best approach to nutrition in sports pitches is little and often. The correct feeding regime can vary depending on location, soil type and climate so make sure it’s right for your pitch before purchasing or applying fertiliser. The best place to start is with a simple soil test which can highlight the levels of nutrient and trace elements in the soil; this makes finding the right fertiliser much easier. The three most important nutrients required by grass are Nitrogen, Phosphate and Potassium, all of which are found, in different quantities, in general use fertilisers so soil test results should be used to make sure you apply the right one for you.