Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Aerification Day One Update
Not quite the start to Aerification that I was looking for, but in my first 18 months as Superintendent at Longue Vue....I've come accustom to a few givens. The biggest is that Mother Nature like Brooke, always wins!
The course took on just over 1/2 inch of rain from yesterday and overnight, we then had a strong line that passed through this morning dropping 3 tenths of hard soaking rain that has left the place extremely saturated.
Nonetheless, the show must go on!
I called an audible this morning and decided to start with tees as opposed to greens. Multiple factors lead to this decision, but mainly the ability of pulling a core on the non-XGD greens was out of question, therefore we are going to work on tees throughout the day with the hopes of finishing them up tomorrow around mid-morning and then get started on the XGD greens after lunch.
The process of tees begin with verti-cutting and grooming followed pulling a 1/2 inch core on a 1.5 inch spacing. The tees really needed to be treated aggressively this Aeration due to not pulling cores this past spring with the tee restoration project. Following clean-up, we will start topdressing all tees Thursday morning and will probably have to hold off on amending till Monday so we can focus on greens the rest of the week.
Stay tuned to the blog over the next couple of days for updates, on behalf of the entire Greens Department, Thank you for giving us the golf course for the rest of the week to conduct such a valuable practice towards our success.