The day began just after 7.00 am when the boys from Turf Conditioning Services (TCS) rolled into Romsey Park and began setting up their machinery. Club Pres, Tony, was off to Kyneton to pick up the front-end loader and by 8.00 am coring, picking-up and sanding was well underway. There were some concerns re the amount of sand we had on hand but Greg, TCS, reckoned we would “just about make it”. He was spot-on with his estimation.
The Kubota, ready for action
Pretty soon Freebie, Bruce and Ron turned up and off in the cushman, with sand smudger, to smudge the sand into the core holes.
Two, serious workers, ready for a hard day on the greens
Meanwhile, back at the shed 1, Twig and Hugh were hard at work loading the seed and fertiliser into the club ute and organising the spreader. They headed off, with measuring cups and scales in hand, and began the job of seeding and fertilising each green.
Now, if we press this button, the scale goes back to zero
Once a green had been seeded and fertilised Freebie, Bruce and Ron were back in action for a final smudge and a spot of raking to cover over the seed and fertiliser.
Meanwhile back at the shed 2, Elaine had done a great job of organising the BBQ and sorting out a few cold drinks. The TCS boys washed down their machinery and everyone enjoyed a chat and relaxed lunch.
Hang on you lot, another five minutes and the onions will be ready
Once the TCS boys had headed off Freebie jumped on to the fairway mower and spent the afternoon basically driving in fairly straight lines. Tony did a bit of repair work on the entry on the south side of the Rec Centre then began carting soil to the new garden behind the 3rd green before fueling up and loading the Kubota to be back in Kyneton by 4.00 pm. Hugh and Twig did a spot of re-shaping on the 3rd and 8th greens. Just before 3.00 pm the twin-steer turned up with 12m of turf sand. Thanks Jim for your organisation here.
Picking up the cores
The cleaned, cored green
Top dressing a green
Seeding and fertilising a green
The final smudging and raking in of the seeded and fertilised greens