After several successive years with an early start to spring, this February’s cold and wet weather conditions across most of the UK had dispelled hopes of early growth.
It has not, for the most part, being excessively cold, but persistently low temperatures at night has meant soil conditions rarely reached the growing trigger.
Making plans for March is always difficult, given the huge variability in what the weather holds, and its implications for turf health, but the trend of recent years it has seen a kick-off for turf recovery.
Early start with wetting agents...
Starting wetting agent programmes earlier this spring could aid faster recovery of turf quality, and ensure plants remain healthier through the summer.
Even after February’s wet conditions, a prolonged dry spring weather, as experienced in late March and April for recent years, can seriously affect root growth and plant recovery.
Advanced wetting agent technology, combining genuine penetrating and polymer components in Qualibra, provides the opportunity to create firmer, faster and more durable playing surfaces earlier in the spring, along with preparing improved growing conditions for turf through the season.
March Top Tips:
1 / Be aware that cold nights can put extra stress on freshly cut turf plants
2 / Use ITM techniques to minimise stress and disease development
3 / Turf affected by Microdochium Patch over the winter require protection to prevent further breakouts
4 / Watch for local weather and disease risk warnings on the free GreenCast turf management website.
Did you know?
The IOG offers a wide range of industry specific training courses – high quality and sport specific.
Our IOG Learning (training) courses, are run on a regular basis and cover a range of turf maintenance and management issues for different sports, including winter pitches (football and rugby). These are also available on three levels; Introductory (Level 1), Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3). View the options avilable to you and learn what's involved; why you should take part; the key subjects covered; progression opportunities and more. Or, find a course near you and book your place online.