Thursday, March 15, 2012

March aerification

On March 12th,13th and 14th we used our deep tine aerifyer (Verti-Drain) to punch holes in the greens for the first time this year. We used a 7inch x 5/8 inch coring tine to remove material from the greens and applied approximately 50 tons of sand and dragged the sand back into the holes. This process will allow air and water movement through the soil profile as well as reducing the effects of compaction on the greens. The process is complete despite getting rained out on the morning of the 13th. The deep holes proved to be difficult to fill completely with sand and the staff will be topdressing lightly next week to cap off the tops of the holes. The greens should recover quickly with some help from Mother Nature in the form of good weather. Kudos to the maintenance staff for working through the inclement weather to complete a successful aerification. Our next greens aerification is scheduled for May 29-31.

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