Job done - Protecting greens from winter weather at Tylney Park

Project: UK trials of oxygen generator to help grass through harsh winter

Client: Tylney Park Golf Club, Hampshire

Contractor: Agronomic Services

A leading golf course has survived one of the toughest winters in recent memory after its course manager breathed life into the grass with an oxygen fix.

Darren Woodward trialled the new oxygen generator at Tylney Park in Hampshire, which had 20 inches of snow followed by nearly nine inches of rain this winter.

He wanted more oxygen in his fescue-dominated greens and said he was one of the first UK turf managers to use Oxy-Rush on his 18 greens. The soil stimulant increases oxygen levels and speeds up the work of beneficial microbes.

The first application went down last April after hollow coring, over-seeding and top dressing, followed by a second in August. "We'd applied fertiliser in March and the greens were due another application that week," he said. "But we found they didn't need feeding for another two weeks."

Agronomic Services managing director David Snowden said the soil "smelt sweet" and the turf showed strong rooting. Woodward added: "The greens have stood up well, with dry firm surfaces - and considering the weather we've had they're not holding much water in the top three-quarters to one inch."

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