As autumn closes in, our next fight is against disease on the greens. The mornings and evenings become colder and damper, and with the heat still in the ground, it becomes a perfect battlefield for fungal explosion. Spores are always prevalent and when conditions change for the worse, disease will break out. Our compost tea brewer has been on full steam ahead, to do battle with disease, and we have sprayed each of the last 2 weeks. Nature of course, works differently to chemical and is generally slower, but much much cleaner. As temperatures drop even further the soil biology slows down more. Finally the frosts arrive and help us with the fight against disease.
I would like to end though, with a big thank you to my team. During the aeration period which fell on bank holiday weekend, only giving us 4 days to work in. We cut temp greens and placed holes, aerated 19 greens, handballed 25 tonnes of dressing, brushed it all in, re cut holes on the greens and putting green, cut the tees, fairways and even managed 50% of the rough before swapping the flags over , raking the bunkers and having the course ready for the weekend. A huge effort for the manpower we have. Thanks lads.