The Black Sheep Blog

A Period of Transition

Most of us greenkeepers love the autumn shoulder months, when the monotony that sets in after months of setting up – and then frantically trying to implement – grass mowing programs is gradually replaced with the more peaceful and thought-provoking pastime of winter construction work. While we do have a few weeks of the main […]

Minimising Disruption, Maximising Returns

After a long summer of being mown down to 4mm daily and then being compacted mercilessly by foot and machine traffic, our greens cannot wait for “renovation season”. As the days start getting shorter and our thoughts turn toward protecting our surfaces through another harsh West coast Winter, we will put our “bespoke” renovation plan […]

A Bit of This and a Bit of That

…Actually suits us just fine. While everybody else seems to have spent the last few weeks willingly partaking in the Scottish national sport of moaning about the weather, we have been using the mixed conditions we’ve seen lately to recover our surfaces from the wear they suffered earlier in the season. Although many people seem […]

Nature is steering the ship…

…and all we can do is help to keep it afloat. No matter how much we like to think we are in absolute control of what we do on the golf course, we ultimately have no say in how fast it is going to run, whether it is going to be attacked by pests or […]

Fighting With Fairy Rings

Sun, Sun, Sun! I always manage to start monthly updates by talking about the weather, but this time it is well justified because apart from a recent two-day blip, it has been absolutely exceptional recently. The fairways look fantastic when they are burned out and have been freshly polished with the mowers, and they must […]