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Worn Heads on the Bowls Green

Annual Meadow Grass takes over worn heads (photo by S Kennerley)

The rink heads on the bowling green are subject to higher levels of wear and tear than any other playable part of the green.

The concentration of foot traffic on these areas causes severe compaction of the soil resulting in poor growth characteristics and in many cases invasion by annual meadow grass. Due to the shallow rooting of this grass the heads can quickly become skinned and badly worn with little grass cover. I’ve uploaded a new Worn Heads Factsheet to the Mastermind Network area detailing what you can do to minimise and prevent wear and how to properly renovate heads so that they don’t keep wearing out.