I've had a lot of requests to supply a general set of recommendations for winter maintenance for bowling greens. Although the full program for any green should be based on a thorough inspection and soil analysis, there are some general rules you can follow. I've also put together a suggested package of materials to help you apply this program more easily.
I often hear the phrase “putting the green to bed” at this time of year.
It is the most frustrating thing to hear because I don’t know of any club that can afford the luxury of stopping work on the green now.
The autumn and winter period is the most important time to get on top of a range of big problems that blight bowling greens.
For example Thatch encourages diseases such as fusarium, insect pests like leatherjackets and chafer grubs and contributes significantly to the onset of Localised Dry Patch the modern scourge of bowling greens throughout the UK. As if that wasn’t enough excessive thatch also saps the speedThis content is for members only.