Essential Tasks for Your Bowling Green in June

Essential Tasks for Your Bowling Green in June

Essential Tasks for Your Bowling Green in June

Maintaining a pristine bowling green requires year-round attention with each month bringing its own set of tasks and challenges. June is a pivotal month in the care calendar, setting the stage for healthy growth and optimal playing conditions during the peak summer months. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the tasks you should be focusing on in June to keep your bowling green in top shape.


1. Mowing

June is all about consistent mowing. As temperatures rise, your grass will grow more rapidly. Aim to mow the green at least three times a week maintaining a height of about 4-5 mm. Regular mowing encourages denser growth, which is crucial for a smooth and even playing surface.


  • Always use a sharp mower blade to ensure a clean cut.
  • Vary the direction of mowing to prevent grain formation in the grass.


2. Watering

Watering is critical in June, especially during dry spells. The goal is to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Deep watering once or twice a week is more effective than frequent, shallow watering, as it encourages deeper root growth.(not sure we will have much trouble with this at the moment!)


  • Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation and allow the grass to dry before evening, which helps prevent fungal diseases.
  • Use a sprinkler system for even coverage.


3. Fertilising

June is an ideal time to apply a balanced fertiliser. The increased sunlight and warmth mean the grass is actively growing and needs adequate nutrients. A granular fertiliser with a balanced NPK ratio (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium) will support healthy growth.


  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates.
  • Water the green after fertilising to help the nutrients penetrate the soil.


4. Weed Control

Weeds can quickly become a problem if not managed. Regular inspection and prompt removal of weeds will keep your green looking immaculate. Use selective herbicides to target weeds without harming the grass.


  • Apply herbicides on calm, dry days to prevent drift.
  • Spot treat weeds rather than blanket spraying to minimise chemical use.


5. Pest and Disease Management

June’s warm and humid conditions can be ideal for pests and diseases. Keep an eye out for signs of trouble, such as discolouration, spots, or unusual growth patterns. Early intervention is key. Red thread can be a common theme in June.


  • Use integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, combining cultural, biological, and chemical controls.
  • Ensure proper air circulation and avoid overwatering to reduce disease risk.


6. Aeration

Aeration helps relieve soil compaction, allowing air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grassroots. Light aeration using a solid tine or spiking is beneficial in June, particularly if the green has been heavily used.


  • Aerate during cooler parts of the day to minimise stress on the grass.
  • Follow up with a light top-dressing to fill in the holes and improve the soil structure. Spiking may be the better option during the season.


7. Top-Dressing

Applying a thin layer of sand or a sand-soil mix can help smooth out minor imperfections in the green. Top-dressing should be done lightly and evenly to avoid burying the grass.


  • Use high-quality, screened top-dressing material.
  • Brush the top-dressing into the turf to ensure even distribution.


8. Rolling

Regular rolling helps to firm the surface and improve the playing conditions increasing the speed of the green however it can cause compaction so do it with caution. If you are using a heavier Pro range mower than you probably won't need to roll the green as the mower is doing this for you.


  • Roll in different directions to avoid creating a grain in the grass.
  • Use a lightweight roller to prevent compaction.


9. Edge Maintenance

Keep the edges of your bowling green sharp and well-defined. This not only enhances the appearance but also prevents encroachment from surrounding areas.


  • Use a half-moon edging tool to cut crisp edges.
  • Remove any clippings or debris from the edges to maintain a clean look.



June is a busy month for bowling green maintenance, with tasks focused on promoting healthy growth, preventing pests and diseases, and ensuring a smooth playing surface. By adhering to a consistent care routine and addressing issues promptly, you’ll be able to maintain a high-quality green that players will appreciate throughout the season. Happy bowling!

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