A number of years ago, HGM set itself the goal of implementing the switch from traditional management to a well thought-out ecological management approach. The traditional management of green space is typified in particular by the intensive use of inorganic fertilisers and phytopharmaceutical products. In the past, the deeper cause of a certain phenomenon was not often looked into, because the focus was primarily on carrying out curative management.
The approach that HGM is striving for can be typified as:
- environmentally friendly
In this way, the well-considered use of organic fertilisers based on inspection of the land and a series of soil analyses. Disease control is, for example, characterised by carrying out intensive preventative management by, among others, paying attention to improving the soil structure. The use of sprays is, in the context of this management plan, seen as ‘in decline’, and in the future shall only take place as an emergency measure on the playing areas (tees, greens, fairways, semi rough) if the greenkeeper deems it to be necessary. In doing so, he will still make use of the least environmentally damaging products. In this context, a well thought-out Pest Management Integration (I.P.M.) strategy should be the goal, which means that the following matters receive particular attention:
- biological control
- resistance to disease
- activation of soil life
- minimisation of protective equipment
- no more preventative spraying
- agricultural engineering maintenance
A good I.P.M. starts early, even before there is any question of disease. In other words, good greenkeeping methods should be utilised to the fullest extent. It is all about arming the plant as well as possible against infections. Despite the fact that the switch to ecological management will still require some adjustments, HGM’s working practices are contributing towards a better environment.