Managing turf disease effectively, cheaply and permanently is well within the grasp of every greenkeeper. The soil in our greens already holds all of the answers to this, or at least it should do. Some of the routine work we do on greens is more damaging than beneficial. The need to manage turf disease more effectively gives us the perfect excuse to start returning our soils and grass plants to their natural disease resistant selves, much to the benefit of our members and clubs. John explains how to manage turf disease outbreaks simply and with reference to vegetarian sausages :-)...may contain nuts!
There is a lot of confusion about fungal turf diseases. The main issues that worry many people are as follows: Accurate disease identification; not sure what we have so don’t know what to use. Contamination being brought onto a clean green from a diseased green via bowlers’ feet and/or contractors machinery. Fungicide rotation to prevent …
Transitioning your green from Poa annua to bent/fescue is not only critical to achieving a Performance Bowling Green, but is actually a realistic goal. The spongy, soft turf associated with annual meadow grass is less than ideal for bowls. Common wisdom says that this can't be done without major disruption and that even after it is achieved it wont last. This article explains in detail how to undertake the transition of your green from Poa annua to bent/fescue turf and dispels the myths about stressing Poa. This is the way to change your green permanently and without fuss. It will also save your club money on maintenance, so what's not to like?
By far the best selling of my eBooks available on this site is Performance Bowling Greens; it out sells all of the others by 10-1. Bowling green performance can seem a bit sketchy and hard to tie down to any sort of measurable parameter, but that's more to do with the lack of a joined up approach to the subject in the industry than it is a lack of measurable components. This article introduces the subject of the Performance Evaluation of the Bowling Green.
The Bowling Green Opening Day preparations are vital to the playability of the green in the early weeks of the season, but don't try to force things along too much. John Quinn details some of the most important considerations for this critical period in bowls green maintenance
Opening day preparation is upon us, but where do you start? In the first of a new series of articles, John Quinn lays out a failsafe plan for getting the green ready for the big day.
For rapid development and lower cost maintenance of seeded or turfed sports surfaces
Sports Turf Root Developer is a high quality inoculant containing a range of different species of beneficial endo-mycorrhizae and a range of beneficial bacteria species. Containing 50,000 propagules/g of mycorrhizae and 10⁷ of bacteria (20 different species & strains) in an optimised ratio, Sports Turf Root Developer provides an ideal solution for populating root zone soils and establishing biological activity.
This concentrated liquid seaweed extract derived from Ascophyllum nodosum without the use of chemicals is an industry leader. A great source of plant nutrients and organic carbon, BioActive Seaweed promotes strong and vigorous growth, excellent root development as well as increasing the plants ability to withstand pressure from disease and environmental stresses.
I've recently added some new materials to the Bowls Central Shop to help further the invigoration of inert soil. One of the latest of these is BioActive RZ, Rootzone Improver
I've recently added some new materials to the Bowls Central Shop to help further the invigoration of inert soil. One of the latest of these is HumiGranule