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  1. DW23 It really wasn’t a perfect time to turf, much better to do it between October and January. However, that wasn’t you question. Assuming ground preparation was correct, if really is a case of lots and lots of water. On the bright side, it doesn’t look to be dead or dying, and the joints are still together.. If you could get some feed on it , it may help. Possibly the easiest thing to get hold of is a seaweed based tomato fertiliser. Apply with a watering can, and water in well. If it gets any worse, and joints open up, brush some compost between them. water, water,WATER Post another pic when it greens up. Good luck.
  2. The Slow release products will help in keeping red thread at bay. However, with such good growth at the moment, the grass plant can often “out grow” its self. If will grow faster than it’s able to process any available N. Unless it’s really bad, I’d be inclined not to panic just yet. When the sun comes out, it should dry the surface a little, and settle down. Some sunnier weather, and a dry leaf, will also give a better, less sappy cut.
  3. Question. Purely from a groundsman perspective,(try to ignore pitches being hard, and weather being too hot) do you guys wish football was a summer sport. Would it make your life easier, or would there be hidden problems. And if so, what
  4. If you take enough guesses, one off them is bound to stick. Even a blind squirrel finds the occasional acorn.😉 warmer weather returns next week, growth is really gonna kick on. Good to see some players on the pitch. Although groundsmen every where moan about players, they are the sole reason for pitch/course/court preparation. Without them, it would just be a mown down field.
  5. Red thread. One of the three main turf diseases. The other two being fusarium patch, and dollar spot. Red thread is the easiest to avoid/control. I suspect, now the grass has had a growth spurt it’s struggling to take enough N. If it were only ticking away, it may well have been fine. In finer turf, red thread is an indication that dollar spot could follow, also a low nutrient disease. Dollar spot is far more serious, and can if left untreated, decimate whole areas. Treatment can cost as much as £800 per Ha. Often two applications required. Fusarium is an Autumn disease, usually caused by over feeding and dewy mornings. Ryegrass can also suffer from rust, but is only really a visual thing.
  6. One gentle roll, leave grass stand back up, cut with sharp blades Happy days.
  7. It does seem to have been a good year for turf weeds, and particularly clover. Mostly, I believe down to the slower than average spring growth rate. Now the grass should kick on, it might out compete most new weed growth. Very good result, especially weather wise. It’s only a short time ago that we were all doubting the wisdom of over seeding in a heatwave. Fortune does, indeed, favour the brave. Now the seed has had a chance to establish, any irrigation can be safely applied. Can only go from strength to strength now..... We’ll done again.
  8. Excellent explanation. The lack of dew on an area can be used as an early warning of isolated dry patch. This in turn can then be spot treated with a wetting agent, and/or flood watered with a hose. Whats really interesting, is that botanically. Dew is when moisture in the air condenses on the plant, much like on a car windscreen in the morning. Where as, when the plant releases excess moisture through the leaves, and forms a “dew”it is known as guttation fluid.
  9. What a difference a year makes?? Let’s take a look. Rainfall totals for last 3 years. My records go back to 2011 2018...Jan 174mm.. Feb 62mm.. Mar 161mm.. Apr 62mm.. May 45mm 2019...Jan 36mm.. Feb 57mm.. Mar56mm.. Apr 49mm.. May9mm 2020...Jan 64mm.. Feb 135mm.. Mar 66mm.. Apr 22mm.. May 26mm. Interestingly, last year, from January, was drier than this. With May, significantly less. I don’t keep temperature records. But have to assume turf is suffering more due to higher temperature than rainfall.
  10. Damn. Never thought of chicken manure, applied recently. If correct, good catch!!
  11. My guesses, two if I may? Either leatherjackets (daddy long legs larvae) or they are tapping their feet on turf to bring worms to surface to eat.
  12. Not ideal seeding in a heatwave, but anything is possible. Be prepared to water for a fair few hours a day. For, not only a few days, but for few months. Water the ground well, before seeding, then try to avoid watering until seed is established. Try to water with fine droplets, rather than big heavy flooding droplets. Roll area when seedings are around an inch high, while surface is dry. This will re afirm the surface, and encourage a second tillering. Making a thicker sward. Good luck.
  13. All roads seem to be leading to charlock.
  14. I think this weekend, was when turfgrass went from a little dry. Into temporary wilting point. Mainly down to the heat I think. Still recoverable. Permanent wilting point is more serious. As the name suggests, no way back from this. Fortunately grass rarely suffers. Most soil types will hold just enough moisture to sustain plant turgidity, in established plants. Newer seedlings are a lot more vulnerable. It looks as though some relief may be on the way midweek, just in time I would suggest.
  15. You could always let it grow, to find out!!!
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