Day 3 allowed us to finish up the cleaning of plugs and initial rolling of all greens. Then, Assistant Max and I started amending all the greens with soil building products prior to topdressing for better incorporation into the soil. Topdressing followed, although a nuisance for the mechanic, incorporating sand into the native soil greens here at Longue Vue is paramount to the success and playability of our putting surfaces. Below are some pictures of the process:
Assistant Steve applying the sand
Utilizing our new material handler to load up the topdresser
The finished product
The use of our new material handler was a life saver with topdressing for this aerfication. With half the manpower needed and a lengthy frost delay, we were able complete 9 greens. The same output produced in the past on a full day without frost. Today, we will broom greens in a couple of different directions to move the sand into the holes.
On a side note, today during frost we are firing up the irrigation system, a true sign that spring is here!