Thursday, April 11, 2013
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.