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    over the coming months i will be doing a monthly rundown on what i have done to my 3 greens in cobram. it will be a basic but informative article which will provide information and pictures

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    Can we call it
    "dunnyRolls",
    Tift dwarf under the microscope
    with Greg Dunn, reporting on the
    progression of his 3 Cobram Tifts,
    in the aim of assisting greenkeepers
    world wide with the management
    of couch species.


    you know me and my play on words Greg, probably haven't got the wording right, but you can edit that, lol, unlike BW or BB you are now connected to the hub mate, thank you for coming onboard. Can you please also add the links to all your suppliers, I want the bowls section to have the credible products being promoted shamlessly, who knows we may be able to get them to sponsor different widgets on the Planetbowls pages.

    Tell you what mate, I reckon if you give me the names of your suppliers, given the fact that you want to do this et al, I could ring them in my own inimitable way and encourage them to support this project with product, product that would feature on your blog page!

    We coiuld also look at a Greenies Swap Shop, as you know few have had as many clubs as me, and I got to know all the greenies, there is shit in them thar sheds that some guys never use and others need and vice versa... would that work? Trade excess chemicals in a private forum, I don't know whether or not that might possiibly need police overview, or Department at least, which would be cool as anyway. It is all about making thjings work through communication.

    Any decent HD camera will allow you to put together video images of the work you are doing, to be edited, and voice over, live talk and panel descriptives can be dropped into a video for the site, don't want to over whelm you mate, not looking overnight, but I tell you solidly mate it is not that hard and I am set up.

    This is what Phil and Willo asked me to build, their php platform doesn't allow the depth this site offers mate, although MW did a brilliant job on the podcast, but editorially it was strangled.. here you can publish what you like, within reason publicly, and there are private areas, in a visual attractive format. If you are more web capable let me know Greg, or one of your members is a guru, we can do some pretty cool shit.

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      sounds great mick, i will talk to the reps and see if interested then go from there, the swap shop sounds cool too but there are a few probs with trading chemicals and what goes wrong if applied wronly or if somebody puts roundup in a fertiliser drum, know where im coming from. as for the web stuff im a surfer so am limited in that capacity

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      • #4
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        Cool, yeah forget chemicals, ok I will set it up for you mate, thanks for contributing, don't worry about the technical stuff, if you post the copy I will trick it up and explain how it is done, it is a piece of piss once you get it...lol...took me ages mate. I'll announce it on the Bowls Blog and see what reaction we get. I am going to open uip an editorial base for all those Bowls Bloggers, check what I have done in the morning mate.

        I will get my graphic artist mate to do a cool header for your Blog, the trick is though... to post it in the forums like this, hitting the advanced button allows full editing like the main features, and then we can easily upgrade it to an article and to your blog. Send me a pic/image/ please mate for the contributors section. I want to focus on the member experience here for information mate, we can focus widgets(them block thingys on the side of the forums and pages) to feed latest posts or other bowls blogs onto the front pages of the bowls sections, it is a very maleable format for publishing.

        I will also set up a Greenkeepers group that will only be available to Greenies, it COULD be a VGA group if you want.

        enough from me fer sure...

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        • #5
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          Tiff greens over the winter months still require work on them, this involves cutting, rolling and even using the wire brush.

          The rolling is done when the greens are dry, this helps to maintain firmness, and will assist in drying the greens out after rain, thus greens will be quicker earlier in the year than normal.

          There is still some spraying to be done, this varies from keeping moss and algae under control to weed and disease control. If playing winter bowls, rinks should be moved often to reduce wear and tear on the edges and play east west if possible.

          I know many members don't like east-west but it is necessary. I try to cut the greens at least once every 2-3 weeks, many clubs seem to lift their mowers at the end of the season, but I prefer to keep the height of cut the same all year round.
          Last edited by Mick Pacholli; 6 August 2011, 02:25 AM.

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            All you guys out there getting a hit of the warm weather...don't go getting too carried away trying to kick the greens out of dormancy as yet. The cool weather more then likely will return and the grass wont know what's happening, and will be worse off. It will come out when ready.
            Last edited by Mick Pacholli; 6 August 2011, 02:22 AM.

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            • #7
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              Today the greens were cut for first time in 2 weeks, and rolled once, then timed using a rvba timing ramp.

              I use this regulary as its easy to compare speeds. Although I don't agree with the speeds given it provides an accurate guide to compare over time.

              Speeds of the greens were unbelievable! 13m into the breeze and 16m down breeze, that equates to 17.5 seconds and approx 21 seconds, as the chart stops at 15.2m and that's 20 seconds...

              I did get some pictures but having trouble uploading them
              Last edited by Mick Pacholli; 6 August 2011, 02:16 AM.

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                OK, if you go to Advanced settings you will find an uploader at the bottom bit that will allow you to upload fro your computer or a website mate.

                issues can come if the image is too big, an iPhone pic might be too big, send jme the pic via email and I will tell you the best sizes to solve this issue. mate bugs to squash i suppose...

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                • #9
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                  will do mick,
                  back to the greens. today the greens are wet, had 8mm of rain overnight.
                  bowls is still on today as have 14 teams of triples wishing to play so its full steam ahead and then start preparing for the august triples on 24th and 25th.
                  tournament is full and have 10 toorak guys (awesome) gracing the greens hope they can take some cash home

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                    add another 30mm of the wet stuff and yes the greens are wet. number 1 green this morning was totally under as it has no drainage. the other greens were wet but ok. have closed the greens until wednesday, this will give them time to dry out and allow me to give them a light mixture of fertiliser

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                    • #11
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                      today was first chance to do any work on the greens this week, still very wet but weather is finally sunny and a bit of wind so gave all greens a roll and hopefully they will start drying out

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                      • #12
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                        1 week to go until the august triples and yes we had more rain, in fact another 20mm yesterday and still showering now as i am typing. managed to get some wetting agent on the greens and hopefully it will help with the moving of the water through the profile. also managed to get the greens cut today between showers and it looks like its starting to move, i actually cut green leaf off the greens toady and quite a bit of it. still not going to push it out yet but hopefully will make a effort in 2 weeks time if weather becomes more stable, currently 19 one day and 11 the next.

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                          finally got the pics of the greens worked out and here they are
                          this is of green 2

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                            this is also of green 2. its tiffdwarf and is a wide green but notice it cant be played on east west due to no ditches. it has great drainage.

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                              this pic is of green 1 it has no drainage which makes it difficiult to work on when wet

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