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Bowls Green Performance v Tradition

Performance or Tradition?

Over the years I have come up against a lot of friction when I have proposed that a club stops top-dressing its green with sand laden top-dressing compost.

The reasons for stopping this practice are well documented on this site (recap here) so I won’t go over old ground here today.

My guess is that a lot of greens, especially in the South East of the UK will be seeing some of the performance issues related to this “tradition” coming home to roost this year. The major disruptive force in bowling green maintenance is Localised Dry Patch (LDP) and this is a perfect year for it to show up at its worst. Again, LDP is extensively discussed on the site (recap here).

Another tradition which I suppose first came about for reasons of economy Read more

Green Speed pointers

The most popular subject in bowling green maintenance is…Green Speed.

The main factors affecting green speed are in order of importance:

  • Sward Composition
  • Thatch control and management
  • Mowing frequency
  • Control of compaction
  • Control of LDP
  • Mowing height

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7 secrets every bowls green keeper should know

  1. Don’t top-dress your bowls green.
  2. Mow more often not more closely.
  3. Provide your green with carbohydrates.
  4. Raise the blades to 5mm.
  5. Learn how to water your bowls green correctly
  6. pH watch; there is no need to try to tweak or change the pH of your green but it is good to know what it is so that you can determine the cause of problems such as slime on the bowls green turf surface. Poor growth, yellowing turf and excessive thatch are usually signs that your green is acidic. However, the antidote is simpler and more fundamental than you may think.
  7. Sarrell roll your bowls green frequently; regular sarrell roling is hugely beneficial to your green. It is non disruptive and allows the flow of moisture and oxygen into the surface.

Performance Bowling Greens eBook
Performance Bowling Greens eBook
NOW comes with HALF PRICE SOIL ANALYSIS! In our best selling eBook, Master Greenkeeper John Quinn explains a program for the recovery and transformation of any bowling green into a high performance green. This eBook will change your mind on how bowling greens should be maintained for ever. Includes annual maintenance schedules. more details Soil analysis offer valid in UK only.
Price: £19.97
Price: £15.97