Last time I put a blog out about how dry the weather had been, it was immediately followed by one of the wettest weeks we’ve ever seen in June. As we approach the point of the summer when potentially the most stress is imparted on your turf surfaces, I thought I’d try and summon up… Read More Junes Rain Impact on River Flows – Turf Stress
To follow on from my last blog on light intensity you can see an interesting picture forming below. The below pictures show varying degrees of sunshine, intensity and day lengths. All the figures are for Sandwich Down on the south east coast where I usually find the highest sun intensity figures. All the map images… Read More Light intensity, sunshine and day length – the numbers
Below are two graphs show light levels for all of 2018 and light levels so far in 2019. If you’ve read my last two blogs you’ll have a pretty good idea what’s going on and you can skip to the next section – if not here goes the simple version: The green lines are good,… Read More Light levels 2018 vs 2019 – Turf Management
As we are now in the period of the longest days of the year it’s worth revisiting light and how it impacts the plant. Photosynthetically useful light is measured in Micromoles per square meter per second (µmoles/m2/s). This is a unit of the intensity of the light and can range in the UK from 0… Read More I’ve seen the light – Impact on Turf
Your input is invaluable… Yes I’m going to start this with an unashamed plea for more help. Our chafer and cranefly Pest Tracker is, as far as I can tell the first data gathering exercise of it’s type. Whether you have an issue with these pests or not, please log your sightings on the Syngenta… Read More No Chafers North of Coventry – Do we need VAR?
My regular readers will know that my last blog was all about just how dry things have been this year!!!!!! Well pretty much the moment I published that Blog it started raining and it’s only just stopped! Or at least that’s how it felt on my travels this week. This week I’ve been on tour… Read More The Wet Week – Sustaining Healthy Turf
When is it going to rain again? A lot of people I’m talking to at the moment are studying the forecast to see when, if and how much rainfall is coming. The above image shows the UK’s monthly rainfall compared to the 1981 -2010 average. The white to blue colours show average – wetter than… Read More Lack of Rainfall and Soil Moisture Levels
I get a number of questions when I visit clubs about applying Acelepryn with wetting agents. The Active Ingredient in Acelepryn is VERY slow to move through the profile. In fact, all modern pesticides need to be either very quick at degrading or very slow at moving through the soil profile so they reduce the… Read More Acelepryn: 7 Steps to Success – Wetting Agent
I talk to a lot of Turf managers and I’ve regularly heard this month just how dry it’s been. The below chart shows how it’s been an interesting month as rainfall hasn’t been average but significantly wetter or dryer than the “average year” dependent on your location. But of course, rainfall is only part of… Read More Dry April?
Soil moisture levels across the UK. Investigated. I’ve been watching the soil moisture probes we have in the ground at Corhampton Golf club closely hoping they’d give me a real indication of what’s going on in the soil and how they could help to get optimum irrigation timings. They certainly helped identify that each green… Read More Bank Holiday Dry Down – Soil Moisture Levels