Monday, June 6, 2011

Aerification and Top dressing

Due to the abundance of rain in the spring the soil profiles in our greens have become very compacted.  We will be aerating the greens on Monday with a small 1/4 inch star tine to create pore space which will improve air and water movement in the soil.  The holes spaced at 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches are very unobtrusive to play and will have minimal visible appearance on the greens surface.  The aerification tines are set to penetrate 2 1/2 inches and will have a small fracturing effect below that depth.  With improved air and water movement we can better manage the firmness and quality of our playing surfaces.

The greens will also be sand top dressed on Monday. This process improves the smoothness of the playing surface by helping manage thatch.   Thus creating a firmer green with smoother ball roll, and increased green speed.