March Bowls Diary

By Editor

Most of the tasks detailed can be undertaken within a limited budget. Local conditions and circumstances will need to be taken into account.

If any members are undertaking any specific work not detailed, please let us know by adding a comment in the section below the diary.

March tasks for Bowls

Task

Frequency

Reason

Aeration

When conditions allow. Do not carryout aeration when there is the likelihood of smearing or damaging the surface

Aeration is important to improve surface and subsurface drainage capacity of the green.

Aeration also increases gaseous exchanges in the soil.

Brushing / switching

Daily or as required

Brushing / switching of the playing surface keeps the green clean and removes any dew or surface water. By keeping the surface dry will aid resistance to disease

Disease

Daily

Keep an eye on fungal disease attack, and use approved fungicides to treat infected areas.

Drainage channels/gullies

Weekly or as required

Inspect and clean out drain outfalls and gullies.

Replacing and levelling up of drainage ditch materials.

Fertilising Pre season / as required An application of spring fertiliser to stimulate healthy grass growth.

Irrigation equipment

Daily / Weekly

Ensure that water valves are switched off and systems drained down to prevent frost damage.

Organise winter overhaul of irrigation equipment ready for the coming season.

Litter pick

Weekly or as required

Inspect and clear away and litter or debris, (high winds may blow debris onto greens).

Machinery

Daily / Weekly

Keep machines overhauled and clean.

Consider organising repairs to ensure the machinery operational (servicing & sharpening)

Materials

Monthly

Ensure you have organised and ordered the appropriate materials from suppliers, don't leave it too late!

Mowing

Weekly or as required

Soil and air temperatures will begin to rise in March and this will stimulate grass growth. Regular mowing will now be implemented to develop an even sward. It is important to lower the height of cut gradually until reaching the optimum height for match play at the start of the bowling season.

Repairs

As required

Carry out any repairs to ditches, paths, gates, floodlights and other building features.
Scarifying Pre season Scarifying should be carried out to remove moss, thatch and decaying matter that may have formed during the winter.
Soil tests Ideally once or twice a year, or as required. March is an ideal time to obtain a soil analysis of the green, measuring for soil Ph, nutrients levels and organic matter content, which are seen as good indicators of the condition of the soil. Once you have this information you will be in a better position to plan your seasons feeding and maintenance programmes.