|These 5/8" holes are almost filled in|
Leading up to the process, the soil moisture is carefully monitored and nutrients are applied to maximize the growth potential. After the process is completed, the greens are rolled and brushed for a few days until we feel that the sand has been worked into the canopy as much as possible. Mowing is withheld during the first few days after the process is complete to allow the turf to growth through the sand and to allow the roller a few days to smooth the surface.
The first few days of mowing are primarily used to pick up the larger granules and excess sand that won't work into the holes. This is a messy process which quickly dulls the mower blades and requires the staff to clean up the debris left behind. Each day the clippings that are collected are inspected to monitor the ratio of sand to grass. Initially, the buckets will be mostly sand and very heavy. After a few days, the sand amount will
|Minimal sand in clippings|
With almost a week of mowing sand, the reels were very dull and in need of sharpening. This morning, with a freshly ground reels, we were pleased to see almost no sand in the buckets. The photo on the right shows a handful of clippings from this morning. Now that we are phasing out of the sandy portion of the recovery process, we will begin using our newer greens mower which will give us a much better quality of cut. Once all the holes are filled in, we will slowly lower the height of cut from .135" back down to .120" for the fall tournament season.
As always, if there are any questions regarding the aeration process or subsequent recovery, please feel free to ask. Thank you for your patience during this time.