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The Importance of Wetting Agents in a Dry Summer – Garesfield Golf Club

Garesfield Golf Club have used Indigrow products for several years and have stepped up their usage and variety of products every year. Since the beginning of the season, they have used a range of granular fertilisers, wetting agents and OneShot products on their greens and tees to maintain an excellent standard for their members.

The programme was started in early March with an application Impact Organic 14-2-8 Fine at 35 g/m². The sole granular application was used to kick start the growing period after a winter of very unfavourable conditions, which included serval weeks of snow cover.

One temperatures rose, an initial wetting agent application of Magnum 357 Calibre was applied, in a tank mix with three OneShot products; Solar Pro-Active OneShot, Compass Bio-Active OneShot and Magnum Forty-Four OneShot. All of the OneShot products were applied at the recommended rate of 4 sachets/ha.

The tank mix applications were applied monthly during the growing season.

Head Greenkeeper, Chris Wood, told us: “During the current period of sustained dry weather, it’s clear to see that the water holding technologies of Magnum 357 Calibre have maintained the correct moisture levels in the greens as these have kept their colour and playability.

Budgetary restraints and a lack of irrigation system have prevented Chris (Head Greenkeeper) from being able to keep colour on the surrounds and fairways during this sustained dry period, however, as soon as rain falls, it’s expected that the turf will make a full and swift recovery.

Chris also reported this year that the combination of products used has led to significantly less demand for fungicide and has vastly reduced his applications of iron due to the increased disease resistance from the mix of products applied.