Since 2007, I have emailed my weekly interpretation on weather patterns and their likely effect on turf in terms of nutrition, disease patterns and general maintenance to Greenkeepers, Course Managers, Superintendents and Groundsmen.
When I look back at our industry then and now, a lot has changed in both climatic and legislative terms. Availability of pesticides for worm, insect, moss and disease control has declined drastically with fewer and fewer new products coming to market. The ‘safety net’ of pesticides is no longer present for golf and sports pitch management. Set against that trend we have made big strides in non-pesticidal disease management and IPM programs are leaning more and more towards this approach to supplement lower A.I level pesticides.
Climatically the influence of the jet stream on our weather patterns, the formation of Rossby Waves and the trend for higher, single day rainfall events are just 3 of the many climatic features that I would pick out as developing climatic trends. Their effect on turf management is plain to see. Understanding and predicting this effect is a lot harder.
Future proofing a golf course, sports pitch or multi-games facility means being able to cope with the twin challenge of climate and legislation. This blog is written by myself to highlight current turf management issues, increase awareness of the challenges before us and hopefully provide some agronomic guidance as well. Along the way it is also likely to feature the odd picture of Hedgehogs, Rainbow Trout and / or some part of the beautiful Rutland and Leicestershire countryside 😊
The views expressed in this blog are entirely my own.