June Maintenance

Key maintenance tasks this month

Keep mowing on a regular basis to guarantee a good sward density. You might need, on newly established grass, lightly roll the surface before cutting to make sure no grass is pulled out by the mower's action. Also check the settings so that mowing equipment is set to keenly cut without tearing.

Soils can dry out very quickly in June so take the opportunity to check your irrigation system is working correctly to avoid having to try to get water back into the surface when the soil becomes hydrophobic and struggling with dry patch.

You could use wetting agents to make sure you are wetting uniformly, especially if your soil is indeed prone to dry patch.

Keep brushing so the air circulates around the base of the plant and you remove early morning dew plus control disease. Stop this operation briefly to allow new seedlings to germinate, however, particularly where you have oversown thin areas.

When conditions allow you to, spike, but always remain flexible with your regime. Surface spiking when it is dry will help any rain or water you apply to move quickly into the rootzone.

Make sure that your goalposts meet health and safety standards now the season is over. Thoroughly check them over - don't just take them down and store them away, make sure they will be fit for purpose next season beforehand. Also check other areas such as dugouts and fences.

Agronomy

Get ahead of dry patch by using a wetting agent. Prevention (applying now when soil is moist) is better than the cure (trying to apply when soil is baked and hydrophobic).

You are likely to be well into your feeding programmes now but regularly apply SeaAction seeweed and Biomass Sugar because these assist plant function, stress tolerance and soil biology.

If you are using granular feeds as the base foundation, liquids may be used to supplement growth at certain times like in between maintenance operations or before competitions or events - this gives the turf professional fne control of the plant.

Remember to check your irrigation system and make sure it is working accurately, if you have not already done so.

Weeds, pest and disease

There may be some red thread around, but the best thing to do here is apply a small amount of nitrogen and feed it out. Don't apply a fungicide. Red thread is a superficial disease on the leaf, it does not affect the crown and unlike other diseases like microdochium patch, it does not kill the entire plant.

 
 
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