Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fall Greens Deep Tine Aeration

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Embedded image permalinkLast week, the grounds staff began deep-tining greens.  The front nine greens and the practice facility were completed last week, leaving the back nine greens to be completed this week.  A solid, 1/2" by 10" tine is used for this process to create deep channels filled with sand to promote long, healthy roots going into late fall.  This time of year, as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, the Bentgrass begins spending less of it's energy growing leaves and more of it's energy creating roots.  We want to take advantage of this process by allowing clear pathways for those roots to grow.  These holes, once created, are carefully filled with sand to ensure optimum water movement from the surface down to the drainage pipe underneath the root zone.  

The grounds department realizes that this process is being performed merely a month after our September aeration, and the inconvenience that is caused not only by the process, but by the subsequent recovery.  However, we feel that the long-term benefits that will be realized through this process far outweigh the temporary disruption in playing conditions.  Rest assured that the staff will work diligently to get the putting surfaces back to normal as quickly as possible and we appreciate your patience as the greens recover.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to post them here, or contact the grounds department.  Thank you.