Grass Clippings, 25th February 2016

Grass Clippings, 25th February 2016

This week the course maintenance department is a hive of activity, read about the Club's latest grounds projects. Plus, Peter provides tips on looking after your garden.

Course Improvements

Aeration equipment is being primed to make sure it's ready and sand deliveries are being stock piled in anticipation of the 'big push' on the course next week. The months of organisation and decision-making throughout the winter are now crystallizing into a plan. The main component of the renovation process is sand, praised for its draining properties it also allows the movement of air to the tender root hairs on the plant and the free movement of water through the profile. The caveat of this is that it does need to be the correct type of sand. The selection of materials such as this depends on the composition of the sand as no two sand quarry deposits are exactly the same. They are classified by the particle size and the percentage of material that drops through an ever-decreasing 'nest' of sieves that will measure down to micron-sized particles. The mix of larger and smaller grains, clay and silt deposits will dictate its usefulness as a sports turf amendment. At the Redhill quarry, where our sand is produced, a massive automated production system washes and screens the material to grade it to the precise composition required for each usage.  As with other benign elements that usually don't have intrinsic value in everyday life; our world today is actually built on sand. Everything from glass production to building materials to filtration systems for water involve sand. So when we are liberally dressing fairways next week, spare a thought for the sand beneath your feet and how that got there.

 

Your Garden

For the gardening folk, as winter Jasmine finishes flowering, prune the stems back to the main branches. Sow hardy annual cut flowers, cornflower and calendula in a heated greenhouse this time of the year ready to plant when soil temperatures pick up. It is not too late to prune clematis ready for flowering, with the exception of Clematis Montana - avoid the risk of damaging this year's flowering stems. Hybrids can be lightly tided up to cut back spindly shoots and re-shaping the plant as desired.

 

Peter Bradburn
Course and Grounds Manager 

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