Mount Manaia Bowling Club, Northland - 20th January 2012

I first read about “Humate” in the Northern Advocate newspaper. The information in the article was interesting and gave me the idea that perhaps Humate could be used on our bowling green to some advantage especially as it is a natural fertilizer (ancient compost) I liked the idea of using such a product.

Our bowling green has only about 40mm of topsoil over yellow Northland clay which makes keeping a good cover of Starweed difficult. (Mixed with the Starweed is some cotula maniototo and dioca)

With permission from the committee we initially purchased a tonne of Humate and applied that, mixed with soil, when the April renovation of the green was carried out.
After a month or so we could see that the winter growth was ahead of time and the whole green was looking better than normal. The strong growth continued throughout the playing season with good cover over the whole green.

The green keeper was pleased and now continues to apply Humate at renovation times. He says that using Humate has been the main reason for the green being one of the best greens in the Northland area. This is borne out by the very favourable comments from visiting bowlers.

Peter Cromwell
Mount Manaia Bowling Club.
20th January 2012