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“We are now going to devote ourselves to the establishment of new varieties of grasses on its greens, which will require less maintenance, less fertilizer but which will be more resistant and above all much less water-intensive”, comments Nicolas Orieux de la Porte, the greenkeeper of the Lancieux golf course, 9-hole course by the sea.
15 varieties tested including fescue
For this transition, a test platform was set up with a seed company, “we divided into several plots, and sowed no less than 15 different varieties of grasses, mainly fescue which seems to be the most adapted to our situation and to our objectives”, explain Nicolas Orieux de la Porte and Erwan Jan, deputy son.
These 15 varieties will be studied, to see their behavior in situations of extreme stress “and we will retain the best ones to implant them on our greens”.
With regular over-seeding, the goal is to get rid of annual bluegrass, which offers a poor quality of play.
“In our jargon, it’s a conversion of flora. The water and fertilizer savings thus achieved on our greens should be around 20%. This is a new major challenge! “, underline the two stewards of the course.
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