Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Aerification: Day One Recap

After a great stretch of weather for golf, it's perfect timing to give the place a much needed break with aerification following some big events that showcased the property with the PA State Senior Am and Diebold matches.

If you are a regular of the blog, I shouldn't have to go over the benefits of aerification.  In a nutshell, this process is beneficial to plant health by relieving compaction and improving porosity for oxygen and water infiltration for root growth.

With that being said, here is a quick recap from Day One of Aerification:

We started on greens just before sunrise, by pulling a 5/8 inch core on 1 1/2 spacing at a depth of 3 inches.

The clean-up process was quick and successful, as we finished all greens just before dark.  Job well done by the staff, 4 acres poked and cleaned in one full day.

As each green was completed, we started the process of applying topdressing sand to fill the holes and improve the soil profile to aid in drainage, porosity and playability.  Just 5 greens remain today.

With the cooler weather, we went aggressive and applied over 92 tons of sand spaced out throughout the property.  The most since I've been here.

The final step, was to work the sand into the holes and canopy with our drag mat.
Overall, a very successful day one of Aerification.  Today, we move to tees and approaches.  Check in tomorrow for status updates and a outline of the process.  As always, thank you for your continued support and cooperation during a integral practice towards the golf course's health!

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