Benchmarking Grass Health 2021

APRIL 2021 HEADLINE: Grass health in the Uk is struggling to keep up with the health levels recorded in previous years. Whist we can offer many explanations for this such as COVID lock down and cold dry weather, the interesting question is just how much recovery we can expect in the remaining months of spring growth. Added to this is the question of the impact of lower health conditions now on sport turf management later in the year. The following chart illustrates the difference.

How do you compare? How does your grass health stack up with the benchmark numbers for your region?

Regional data (scroll down) is based on tracking the same areas of golf grass each week over 12 months. The graphs report the highest observation in any one month, maxima and minima are also highest observation i.e. a minimum is the lowest maximum score observed (not the absolute lowest score in the data set). This means that the minimum was in fact the ‘best’ score recorded by one course in that particular month.

The range therefore highlights how variable grass health can be at any point in the year in the region.

As this is still in a pilot phase the sample sizes are small but already highlight some fascinating differences in the health performance of grass across the UK.

Golf courses were chosen because of their location across the region and not because of any other factor.

2021 Vitality Tracker

January to March 2021

Check this page out later for monthly updates.

Email: mike-heisig@btconnect.com

2020

How does your golf course result compare?

Graph shows the collective mean and individual maxima and minima observed.

Quarter 1 contained the wettest February on record and Q2 was a dry spring. Covid-19 lock down is also a factor.


2019

One of the wettest autumn/winters in living memory


2018

‘Beast from East’ that made measurement of KDVI very difficult and 2018 was also the year of the drought.

Email me: mike-heisig@btconnect.com

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