JULY TURFCARE TASKS

This is the JULY installment of Horticulture Week's month-by-month guide to essential maintenance and management tasks for turf and sports facilities such as bowling greens, cricket pitches, football pitches, rugby pitches, golf, lawns and other recreational and fine turf.

All turf areas
Check for disease activity and treat appropriately
Watch for pests and control when necessary
Be careful not to under or over irrigate
Control weeds
Mow regularly

Winter games pitches
Lightly top dress any uneven areas following establishment
Irrigate, with attention to goal mouth and centre circle
Maintain growth by applying a liquid nitrogen fertiliser
Mow regularly to 25mm for football and 35mm for rugby
Check goal posts and nets are ready for the season
Order line marking paint

Golf
Summer temperatures and long evenings mean the course will be busy this month
Mow regularly
Irrigate regularly with additional hand watering to dry areas
Feed greens and tees if needed
Lightly dress greens
Watch for red thatch and treat
Divot tees regularly
Rake bunkers daily
Reduce fairway mowing during dry summers
Mow greens to 5mm, tees to 8mm and fairways to 12mm
Clear ditches ready for thunderstorms

Bowls
Summer temperatures and long evenings mean the
rinks will be busy this month
Spread rink usage
Light use of thatch control reel may help increase speed
Spike and feed
Irrigate regularly
Mow to 5mm but raise cutting height if weather proves hot and dry
Watch for dry patch
Order in materials for end-of-season renovations

Cricket
Verticut
Continue preparing wickets to meet demand
Renovate used wickets and repair footholes
Mow square to 2mm
Irrigate thoroughly and roll regularly
Apply a balanced fertiliser if this has not already been done
Mow outfield to 12mm
Order in materials for end-of-season renovations

Lawns
Water if necessary and if no drought orders in place
Mow 6-8mm for ornamental, 12mm for general and 25mm for amenity but increase during drought
Apply suitable liquid feeds if needed
Control weeds
Change position of benches and other furniture to avoid wear

*Jobs should only be undertaken when ground and weather conditions are suitable and will vary according to location and may vary significantly from year to year. And remember that while the year nicely divides into 12 months, activities often overlap.


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