December and January is a time for tying up loose ends from one year and planning for next season.
A time to look at what happened this year and what can be done to improve working practices or results next year.
Winter work will be underway – weather permitting – whether it is tree felling or construction work, so we are planning and prioritising projects based on the conditions and time available for us to get the job done for next season.
Usually this includes keeping-the-course-tidy, picking up debris, leaves and twigs etc, moving ropes and hoops to control wear on traffic routes, and minimising ground damage caused by trollies and buggies during the wet ground conditions.
Keeping the dew off during this time is so important with short daylight hours and some low-lying mist with dew returning after clearing some days, or with very little wind or sunlight to help burn it off.
It may also be a good idea as we cover the Christmas period with reduced staff or man hours to look at applying some dew dispersant to help keep the dew off and in some cases those heavy dews that can freeze to form frost. This will also help protect against disease outbreaks throughout this period if conditions do become warmer.
So as the year draws to a close, there is work still to do. But above all though, Christmas is a time for families.
After working so hard throughout the season please make sure you make the time to enjoy some quality family time with your loved ones.
During December moving into January
After Christmas you have time to sort out some machine maintenance, improvements in the shed, some course furniture renovations and health and safety reviews or updates.
The fixtures for next year will no doubt be in progress, but have you left space in the calendar for maintenance?
It is important for everyone to know when you are looking to do your maintenance during the year, so it is good to be involved with putting the fixture list together during this time.
We can then look forward BTME in Harrogate, which is well worth a visit for some excellent education seminars and opportunities to look at all the new products and machines whilst networking and socializing over a three day period.
GreenTek will be there on Stand C40, where Mike Stott, Ross Fairgrieve and the team will offer you a warm welcome. They will be showcasing the latest in greens management solutions including the world renowned Thatch-Away Supa-System, Dynamics Range, Select-A-Vibe, Sarel Rollers, Multi Brush, Aero Quick and more.
Make sure you come along to get your copy of the new 2018 GreenTek catalogue, as well as some complementary goodies of course!
After BTME we are coming to the end of January where we will be looking to order our products and planning to start the new season, bringing the course out of winter and moving into spring. But more tips on that next year…
All the best for the festive period and a happy new year!