Wakefield's Waterton Park Golf Club is sited on the world's first nature reserve, created by Charles Waterton in 1820. Today, it is a 240-acre site, maintained by Head Greenkeeper, David Griffin, and a team of six people. For the past three years the team has been increasing the bent content of its greens in order to achieve a more sustainable surface with less disease, less watering needs and less requirement for chemical treatment. In 2017 the team decided to switch to using J All Bent seed from Johnsons Sports Seeds, with excellent results.
ProNitro®-coated J All Bent seed contains 60% Arrowtown and 40% Manor, which provides a good grass density with excellent visual quality. The ProNitro® seed coating focuses on improving nutrient utilisation during the early stages of plant growth. It contains a combination of both fast-acting and slow-release nitrogen to deliver stronger establishment, more plants and an increase in root mass resulting in a healthier sward.
Water Park is also using the J Nitro tee mixture around the course, which has delivered good coverage in under three weeks.
The Club has now managed to achieve its biggest bent content to date thanks to switching to the J Nitro All Bent grass seed from Johnsons Sports Seeds.
David Griffin said: “In 2017 we went with the ProNitro®-coated J All Bent seed and the results were significant. Within six days of our August overseed the seed had germinated and was showing, and by day eight we were cutting it. It was unbelievable!
We have trialled other seed in the past, but it was John Hughes at DLF who recommended we try the coated seed and I don’t think we’ll be going back. As well as the performance benefits, it saved us putting a pre-seed fertiliser down, saving both labour and money.
Embarking on a bents programme takes hard work and dedication over a number of years to get it right, but if you persevere, you’ll stand in much better stead when it comes to things like disease that can end up taking a whole green out. With the products out there now to help turf managers, like ProNitro®, it makes the tasks that bit easier."