In The Spotlight with Paul Bagshaw, Gardening Tips and Course Update.

Course Maintenance Update – Friday 3rd April 2020

 

Before restrictions were put in place we undertook significant works to the greens’ approaches, surrounds and tees to allow them to flourish over the next few weeks.

Starting today, we intend to have three greenkeepers continuing work on the course to allow us to provide a playable facility as soon as restrictions are lifted. The R&A guidance on "essential maintenance" which states what golf clubs should be doing during this period can be found at https://www.nationalclubgolfer.com/news/coronavirus-essential-maintenance-greenkeepers-randa; we will be adhering to this.

We will be posting photos of core activities online and on social media to show how we're getting along with some before and after shots of the course for you to enjoy.

I can assure you that day one of the restrictions being lifted you will have a course in great condition to play golf.

Hope to see you all soon and stay safe in these difficult times for us all.

 

Kind regards

Andrew Chamberlain

Greens Chairman

 

GARDENING TIPS FOR APRIL 

 

  • Keep on top of weeding now that the weather is warming up. Run a hoe through beds and borders.
  • Prepare beds for the growing season. Dig in a 5cm (or more) layer of compost or well-rotted manure. You can also work in a general-purpose fertiliser, such as pelleted chicken manure, or fish, blood and bone.
  • Lift and divide perennial plants now, to improve vigour and create new plants for your garden.
  • Give your greenhouse a thorough scrub (if you haven’t already) with hot soapy water. This will get rid of pests and diseases and let in more light.
  • Divide primroses once they have finished flowering
  • Finish cutting back any dead foliage on perennials and ornamental grasses to make way for new growth.
  • Prune forsythia as soon as they have finished flowering, cutting back to strong, young shoots
  • Deadhead daffodils and tulips as the flowers finish, but leave foliage intact, allowing it to die back naturally.
  • Apply a layer of mulch around your perennials, trees and shrubs before the hot weather arrives. Use organic matter such as well-rotted manure
  • Repair bare patches of lawns
  • Apply a high-nitrogen fertiliser to your lawn, for a boost to the start of the season.
  • Apply specialist lawn weed killers to your lawn wherever moss and weeds are a problem Apply weed killer to perennial weeds in paving and patios.
  • Give your houseplants some TLC - the warmer weather and longer light hours will encourage them to grow and they may require more water