Friday, September 20, 2013
Fall Core Aeration on Greens
This week, staff completed the fall core aeration on all putting greens. We originally planned to initiate this project the day after Labor Day, but the weather proved to be too hot, so it was postponed to September 9th & 10th. Summer was stubbornly hanging around and forced us to postpone aeration yet again to this past Monday. Despite a few showers, the front nine was completely finished by Monday evening. Tuesday was a different story. The staff was able to verticut, mow, aerate and clean up the cores, but due to steady rain, no sand was applied. Wednesday morning, after the storm passed, the crew went out and began topdressing and brushing the sand into the holes.
I've written extensively, in previous posts, about the benefits of core aeration, and the process we use, so I won't go into great detail here. For those of you who are interested, I've included a link to a previous post on core aeration here.
Although core aeration of putting greens in an inherently disruptive process, the grounds staff works very hard to ensure that putting conditions return to normal as quickly as possible. The weather has been favorable and it looks like we are on track to heal in from the process in another 3-4 days.
As always, if you have any questions about the process of aeration, or benefits from aerating, feel free to ask. Thank you for your patience during this time.