Aerification. It's not a four letter word but to most golfers, it may as well be. When the topic comes up, members cringe, people think bumpy, sandy greens, poor ball roll etc. Well, we aerified the greens yesterday and you'd be hard pressed to see the effects today.
Yesterday's aeration was done using a solid tine, meaning that no material was removed and the surface disruption was minimal. The goal here is simply to get air into the root zone. It's been about four months since we've done any sort of aerification. Anytime we have the opportunity to let the greens breathe in the winter good things happen and in the end, it's all about promoting a healthy environment for turf.
There are many different methods of aerification that will be performed on the golf course over the coming year. The priority here in the turf department is a healthy soil and strong stand of turf that will in turn result in great playing conditions. Each of the year's aerifications will be profiled here on the blog.
NOTE THE NARROW SOLID TINE
TRACTOR & VERTIDRAIN IN ACTION
DISRUPTION TO SURFACE IS MINIMAL & GREENS ARE ROLLED AFTER AERATION