Wednesday, May 21, 2008

First Greens Aeration Complete

We had a perfect day yesterday to aerate and topdress all of the greens. I know you don't like the process but it is vital to growing healthy turf both short and long term. In the short term, it allows oxygen into the rootzone and provides a space for roots to grow. Long term, we are modifying our rootzone to incorporate more sand. Most of our greens are very old and were constructed from on site topsoil - commonly referred to as "push up" greens because they were constructed by "pushing up" the existing soils. Modern greens are constructed with mostly sand rootzones which not only drain much better but are also able to resist compaction caused by foot and machinery traffic. The more sand we can add to the top 4 inches or so, the better our greens will perform.

We have given the greens an extra shot of fertilizer to help them heal more quickly so putting should return to normal relatively quickly. We will need to topdress them with sand again in the near future to finish filling the holes.

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