GREEN MAINTENANCE REPORT 2019
There is no doubt that the investment in green maintenance over the past 12 months has been very worthwhile. Last October (2018) the green was possibly in its worst state for several years following a vert hot, dry summer, but a combination of new machinery and the expertise of our contracted consultant has made all the difference. The Dennis mower produces an excellent cut, and the cassettes have improved the aeration and verticutting processes so that both tasks can be carried out more frequently, more effectively and less strenuously. However the application of top dressing, seed and fertiliser, and the regular addition of chemical and organic mixtures have made a major significant impact. Consequently where most Clubs suffered last season, we had a surface that was the envy of many visiting players, and, more importantly, a bowling green for our members to enjoy. We are hopeful that next season it may continue to improve as growth and germination since last month’s maintenance work is already well-advanced, but one never knows what the severity of the winter weather will bring!!
My sincere thanks to Dave Leech who appears to cut the green more often than myself, and he has also become a dab hand at maintaining and adjusting our machines. In fact we feel there is no real need to service the machines this winter as all are currently functioning well. To Tommy, who is always here at the green and helping, and to the volunteers who are always willing to assist with the more demanding tasks, or substitute if we are short-staffed – namely John Barrington, Tom Chartrand and Gary Jones. The Green Maintenance team is always willing to recruit – regular summer hours, guaranteed sun-tan, reasonable level of fitness, ability to walk fairly straight, very low rates of pay but great job satisfaction when members and visitors are so complimentary. The work IS time-consuming, but equally so rewarding, when you see a well-prepared green ready for play, and there is a sense of ownership in what you have achieved.
to all members
after consultation and a viewing from Bobby (our contractor) in the best interests of the recovery of the green, the Autumn maintenance ought to be as early as possible. There are a number of dry and stressed areas on the far side of the green, and the sooner that this area can be opened up, top-dressing and seed applied, the better for germination and new growth, particularly if we get some warm weather in October – we may well have to water as well. A dry September/October will only hinder any recovery of the green, and we have made tremendous improvement since the very hot summer of 2018 and the state of the green 12 months ago. Bobby could have delayed the work (but only till the Thurs/Fri of that same week) so we have kept this as reserve dates, as we are somewhat weather dependant for the work anyhow. Bobby has stated that it may be possible to remain open a couple of weeks into October in future years if the green continues to show improved texture towards the end of subsequent seasons.
“Wales in Bloom” Report.
July 22nd 2019 – “a blooming marvellous display”
June 2019 , our plants are taking hold in readiness for the first inspection , thank you Tommy and the Team , we’ll watch them grow displaying so much colour around the green , (with a new set of updated photographs each month ……click on each photo to view
31 May 2019 –
video “Our Dennis”
30 May 2019
Two months into the season and the green is playing well and still receiving praise from visiting players. The green was verticut mid-May and despite problems with the grass-box the new cassette functioned well. A couple of recent dry spells have worried us a little as the green dries up very quickly despite sarrel rolling and watering. However our consultant has assured us that this is possibly due to the soil texture, the actual heat of the sun and the green in almost constant use. To appease us he will continue to apply mixes of wetting agent and organics, and he has advised us to continue aerating and watering but perhaps reduce the frequency of cuts per week. We are still cutting to 6mm with the reconditioned Dennis machine and aiming to keep a surface suitable for the full range of membership. Some selective weedkiller has been applied to the edges of the green, and other weeds hand-treated, as well as extra seed and top-dressing applied to areas affected by weeds or bird damage.
With the green rarely getting a rest and probable periods of hot, sunny weather likely through the summer months, it will be difficult to sustain the necessary maintenance required, but we are hopeful that we will still have a favourable surface in four months time. Thanks to Dave and Tommy for their assistance throughout, and to Gary Jones who has recently responded to a plea for help in times of need. There is no doubt in my mind that our investment in the services of our consultant, and the purchase of the Dennis mower with the range and ease of maintenance that the cassettes allow, have been invaluable in the improvement in the state of the green, especially when we see so many other greens suffering from basically a lack of care, forethought or finance.
May 2019 , our plants are in , thank you Tommy and the Team , we’ll watch them grow displaying so much colour around the green , (with a new set of updated photographs each month ……click on the slideshow
ABOVE OUR OPEN DAY
with President Liz Curtis
23rd March 2019
Greens Update – 13th March 2019.
With just a fortnight remaining before the opening for the 2019 season, the green and surrounds received its last major maintenance on the weekend of March 9/10th Shortly after 9am on the Saturday our consultant Bobby began aerating with a heavy spiked roller. The team completed the aeration whilst Bobby verticut the green in 2 directions. Seed and top-dressing were then applied to the sparser areas of growth before raking in, and then the remainder of seed and dressing to the whole green- in total 25kg of seed and 1000 kg of dressing (40 bags) Shortly after 2pm Bobby drag-matted the entire green to finish off the Spring work, although he intends to return mid-week to spray with chemicals to enhance germination and growth. We were very fortunate on 2 counts; firstly the weather was kind to us in a week of rain and heavy, blustery showers and secondly and perhaps more importantly, we missed just the opening 10 minutes of the rugby.
Whilst the final preparations were completed on the green, a team of volunteer members (under Tommy’s guidance) were busy cleaning the kitchen area, toilets and hut; weeding the entire block-paved areas leading to the green, putting out the refurbished benches and erecting the advertising banners, and cleaning the gutters that were accessible. If that wasn’t enough Tommy had opened up at 7-30am for our team of 3 builders to continue working on the levelling of the path on the east side of the green. The men returned on Sunday to complete the work, and an excellent job they have done.
Many thanks from the Maintenance team to the members who volunteered their assistance last Saturday, and we now have just a few smaller tasks remaining before our official opening at 2pm on Saturday March 23rd (weather permitting) Hope to see as many as possible there, and hope you will notice some improvements.
from Lynn –
“the maintenance team are looking for volunteers to give an hour or two of their time, on Saturday 9th March, to help prepare the green and surrounds for the new season. Weeding, cleaning the gutters, help with putting up the banners etc. are some of the tasks required. Your help would be most welcome and appreciated by our hard working team.”
Greens update – 26th January 2019
8 Jan 2019
Happy New Year / Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
from us the “Greens” Team.
After the Xmas break – although I don’t think Tommy took one – work has re-commenced on the green this week. Green had its third winter slit and cut during this prolonged dry spell, and considering how it looked last October there has been immense progress made. There are still bare areas and outcrops of moss that may need further work, but the team are satisfied that with the help of our consultant greensman, these will be rectified prior to the 2019 season.
Tommy’s new seating area is complete and he is now targeting the repair of certain benches, before applying a lick of paint to some areas of the Clubhouse.
The team have had a preliminary meeting with Dave Holland with regard a grant bid, and have prioritised a couple of cassettes for the new re-conditioned mower as well as repairing the pathway from the NE corner of the green up to the old steps that lead on to the green. The latter is a H&S issue that may assist our application.
We are aiming for an opening around the end of March, Easter is late this year and we believe that fixtures will commence during the first week of April. We will keep members informed but endeavour to give all the opportunity to practise prior to the opening fixtures of 2019. The weather and condition of the green are other important factors when considering our opening date.
The Maintenance Team (with valued assistance from John Barrington/Bob Mason)
7 Dec 2018.
4th October 2018
latest GREENS news – our green closes on Sunday 7th October 2018 for maintenance purposes . …..a detailed report from our Greens sub-committee will be / is on the notice board at the club .
Yes, at last, we are open for business. At 2pm on Saturday 24th March 2018 our Vice President, Liz Curtis, officially opened the green in front of the many members who turned up for the occasion. Thanks to everyone who did and an extra thanks to all those who brought food. As usual, there was plenty and it was lovely.
Not for the first time has the request been sent out. You may be aware that Martin is no longer a member and we all know how much he did for the club. If you can help in any way please contact, Dave L or Ian. Tommy and Marc have helped and we thank them for all they have done.
Visually, our green has changed. It now has 10 advertising banners which, thanks to David Rogers-Jones, will bring in £1200 over the next 2 years. Business Cards will also be available soon in the clubhouse and any encouragement to visitors and members to use these services will help our club in the future.
The green will open on Saturday, 24th March at 2pm
The maintenance team of Martin, Ian and Dave L with help from Marc and Tommy have been doing the best they can under some very wet conditions. Fences have been stripped and repainted and the benches are not going to get away with it either. Well done guys. Your work is appreciated by everyone.
Advertising on the Green
David Rogers-Jones, as you will recall, has been striving to help the club’s finances by arranging advertising banners to be placed around the green. We are pleased to say that he has been given Council approval and already has eight local businesses involved and another two in the pipeline. This will raise significant money for the club and has been organised solely by him. This is a great project and also has the support of the local community. Once again, thanks Dave for your idea and arrangements.
Hedges around our Edges
We are attempting to considerably reduce the height of the hedges around the green. They are the Councils responsibility and Kathy has agreed to progress the idea of a petition to be hopefully signed by local residents, who we know want this also. A letter will then be sent to the local councillor and Council Department to seek their help.
A new steel handrail is to be erected onto the green to improve safety.
2017 – from the last committee meeting –
Since the green closed, you will be pleased to know that the new patio area has been completed on the ‘away’ side of the clubhouse and is looking good and much safer. Martin, Dave and Ian are stripping and repainting all the fences so things will look great by the time the season opens in March.
Advertising on the Green
David Rogers-Jones is looking into the possibility of raising cash for the club by having advertising hoardings on one side of the green. Well done Dave, that would be great if you are successful.
Dave Holland Newsletter 8
On Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd October, the Green team, ably assisted by Marc Morris, Tommy Roberts & Gary Jones, started the winter maintenance program on the green.
On Monday the green was firstly scarified & then hollow tined. After a well earned brew, the cores produced by hollow tinning were then broken up & brushed back into the green, after which the green was given a cut.
On Tuesday the Autumn/Winter fertiliser was applied, followed by re-seeding of the green. While this was going on, the rest of the team were busy removing all of the rails around the top of the green ready for renovation.
On behalf of the Green team, I would like to thank Marc, Tommy & Gary for all their help & hardwork, it was greatly appreciated.
photographs below …
our green will be closed on Sunday 01 Oct @ 6pm for the winter period until all maintenance duties have been completed
video – Head Greens man Martin James ” happy at work “
16th Sept. 2017
Please see message below from Martin regarding the Green….
As you know we have a very severe worm infestation on the green at present which is getting worse daily.
We have purchased a product to deter the worms from surfacing, however for to its chemical composition, once applied it had to be allowed to dry completely before any play can continue.
Looking at the weather forecast our best chance of application is tomorrow therefore we intend to close the green all day Sunday.
I will put up notices to that effect today unless you have any objections or foresee any problems in this course of action..
The Committee discussed the issues of green maintenance and Competitions and felt that it was limited to just a few people doing these jobs. Try to get involved and help out. Why not take on a ‘fun day’ next season or a few days grass cutting. It would really help. Who knows, you might enjoy it! Speak to any of the committee members. They are waiting for your call.
We received an anonymous donation of £1000 towards the purchase of the new mower. A big thanks from all of us……Dave Holland Newsletter