Every croquet lawn is different. Clubs are different too and have their own specific objectives. That is why I deal with each club individually on a personal basis.
I carry out a soil analysis for clubs at least once a year. This shows the soil type, the acidity and levels of phosphates and potassium present in the root zone. Armed with this information I am able to devise a programme that will work in sympathy with your soil.
Tailor-made fertilisers - liquid and granular
The programmes are designed specifically for each club and fertilisers are made to suit the club's exact requirements.
I specify precise quantities of each ingredient in the fertiliser to suit the particular grass and soil combination that you have. By observing how your grass responds, blends can be modified so that a year-on-year improvement can be achieved. This gives far better control over the development of your playing surface and usually at no greater cost than "off the shelf" products.
Fertilisers can be granular or liquid. The granular fertilisers are easy to apply with a spreader but it is always best to water in after application. This is easy if you have irrigation, otherwise it is best to apply before rain. Liquid fertilisers are applied using a sprayer and are absorbed by the plant within an hour or so.
Microbial activity in the root zone is vital for healthy grass plants. Microbes convert nutrients into a form that can be absorbed by the roots, they also help to break down the thatch layer so using a microbial feed can be very beneficial.
The use of a growth regulator reduces the amount of mowing required by up to 50% and maintains good lawn speed for longer. The regulator works by encouraging sideways and downward growth thus thickening the sward and improving root development. This means healthier grass plants and enhanced drought and disease resistance.