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Bowls Green Maintenance Basics-Green Speed

The great debate about green speed has raged on since the beginning of the game. But what are the factors known to affect green speed? In order of their impact on green speed these are the top 7 factors that you should bear in mind. Obviously there are others such as weather patterns, level of …

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How to painlessly transform greens from Poa annua to bent/fescue

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?

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Greenkeeper’s nous and bowls green performance

Greenkeeper's nous and bowls green performance

There's a solid and direct link between greenkeeper's nous and bowls green performance. Most greenkeepers have an instinctive understanding of what affects bowling green performance and it's a short leap from there to putting our greens right for the long term. Somehow though, it just doesn't work like that. Maybe we don't have the courage of our own convictions or perhaps we've been indoctrinated into the belief that greenkeeping is complicated.

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Grass, greenkeepers and the soil food web

Greenkeeper's nous and bowls green performance

The soil food web has become an increasingly popular term in greenkeeping and bowling green management. The problem-solution-problem, or symptoms approach to greenkeeping has been exposed as fundamentally flawed by the diminishing list of available pesticides now available to turf managers. Is there a better way to manage greens...yes. And the extraordinary discovery is that a greenkeeping program that focusses on the green as an eco-system is fully compatible with producing tight, natural turf dominated by the fine perennial Fescue and Bent grasses.

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