Thursday, April 11, 2013

April Aerification

We completed our first aerification of 2013 on Tuesday.  Fortunately we were able to aerify tees and fairways along with the greens.  On the greens we pulled a 5/8 inch core 8 inches deep on 4 inch centers, cleaned off the material, topdressed and rolled.  The process went smoothly.  On the tees we pulled a 5/8 inch core 4 inches deep.  We verticut the material back into the tee then mowed and blowed the tees.  On the fairways we used a machine called an Aerovator which punches a solid hole while vibrating, effectively widening the hole and shattering the soil immediately around the hole.  All our processes went smoothly and I expect a full recovery.  Our next aerification is scheduled for June 17 and 18.  Overnight into this morning we received 1.5 inches of rain bringing our total year-to-date to 12 inches.  The timing of the rain was great coming after our aerification.

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