The owner of Casterton, Peter Makinson, can be its head greenkeeper. Here he particulars how his feeding programme was used to retain moisture and vitamins in the profile throughout final summer’s hot, dry climate.
Nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and Lakeland Fells, Casterton Golf Club in south Cumbria has undergone radical expansion in current years underneath the guidance of owner and head greenkeeper Peter Makinson. The underlying limestone rock offers wonderful drainage, guaranteeing the course is playable year-round however poses a challenge to Peter and his staff within the club’s makes an attempt to retain moisture and vitamins in the profile. That’s where his feeding programme from Origin Amenity Solutions (OAS) is obtainable in – with specific successes seen last year in switching from spot therapies to broader applications of TriCure Ad™ Granular.
Peter has used merchandise from the OAS portfolio, specifically the Headland model, for the last 15 years. Under the steerage of OAS gross sales supervisor Alex Hawkes, this has progressed to a full year-round programme – put into follow for the last 4 years. “We have traditionally adopted a primarily liquid regime” Peter explains, “applied monthly in and across the busy course and obtainable climate windows, and working with the labour assets out there.
“The TriCure Ad™ Granular product is straightforward to apply and for the previous few seasons, we’ve been utilizing it to focus on significantly problematic areas around the course with good outcomes.”
However, with the extended interval of scorching and dry climate skilled final year, Peter prolonged his use to wider purposes – providing some relief to non-irrigated greens.
“We began with an software at a price of 24g/m2 firstly of the season with the plan to reapply each three months. However, we carefully monitored the climate and could react by getting the spreader out, masking two to 3 greens per evening, and watering it using taps and hoses.”
TriCure Ad™ Granular product presents an efficient answer in situations the place spraying is not possible. It utilises DG-Lite, dispersible granular expertise as a carrier to rapidly launch the chemistry with no residue left after regular irrigation. It also doesn’t comprise any of the components commonly associated with phytotoxicity or scorch meaning it can be safely applied within the morning and watered-in to activate the product within the night with out threat to the turf.
“It’s straightforward to unfold and breaks down well, with no pickup on the mowers afterwards” Peter provides.
“The great thing about having the power to apply it as and once we needed it most meant we got through the difficult summer time retaining adequate protection and recovering quickly when the rain returned.”
Having demonstrated its effectiveness, Peter now plans to extend applications of TriCure Ad™ to the tees for the upcoming season.
“As we search for methods to handle the challenges that mom nature throws at us, figuring out how this product works on our floor and the results we get with the assets we now have out there, it’s the next logical step.”
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