12 April 2019 Courts are well ahead of last year due to much dry weather and a good top dressing of nitrogen as fertilize. This has made the grass grow very quickly subsequently requiring 2 cuts per week. Lucas our groundsman usually cuts on a Tuesday weather permitting and club members cut if necessary again on Friday or Saturday.
The winter court is looking exceptionally good compared with last year thanks to routine cutting.
The main courts are also looking in very good condition. The cracks from last year have all closed up, the roots are thickening up but we have seen little advantage from the wetting agent applied last year.
3 November Fifteen played today with all three courts in use. Although the cracks in courts 1 & 2 are closing up slowly with court 2 being in better condition, it will take some time to fully recover. The winter court has been badly affected by the cracking and it is more luck than skill when playing.
We have moved the winter court sideways to avoid some of the worst damage.
1 November Following the visit by Duncan Hector, a turf and croquet court specialist, the club implemented the 1st of his recommendations. The following is from his report:
This appears as dry areas where the grass is starved of moisture and then dies.
Unfortunately, many people think that aeration, deep spiking or even pneumatic fracturing will cure the problem – they won't. Dry Patch is a misleading term, Dry Block would be more descriptive because it isn't just the surface that is affected. Micro-organisms create a waxy substance that makes blocks of soil unwettable down to a depth of two feet or more. The surface is waterproof and even heavy rain won't penetrate. Furthermore, the bottom of the block can't draw moisture from the water table either. Think of it as a block of wax. If you make holes in it, fracture it or pump air into it the wax will still repel water.
Dry Patch can be cured by spraying Aquatrols Aqueduct twice over the affected area with two weeks between applications.
Tony and Pat sprayed the 1st application on 1 Nov with the 2nd application going down in 2 weeks time. We will then have a long wait to see how the brown patched "green up"
26 October COURT 1 & 2 are OPEN. Pat cut both courts and the winter court on Tuesday this week. The cracks are generally closing up with court 2 in better condition than court 1