The following site provides a video on the reasons for aerificaiton. I think you will like it.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Aerification will begin on the greens and fairways next Monday the 19th. The photos below show the aerificaiton and clean-up process that we employ on the greens.
The greens are aerified
The soil plugs are brushed and shoveled into wind rows for collection
The grass and soil plugs are wind-rowed
The sand is worked into the aerification holes via the use of a turf brush
At times the topdressing sand is hand brushed into the holes
The holes are filled to the top with sand
Finally, the greens are mowed
The greens will always be slower following aerification because of the holes and the fact that the topdressing sand immediately dulls the mowers. It takes a week or so for the sand to totally work down into the turf canopy. The mowers are sharpened and the speed begins to return to the putting surfaces.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I realize this is not a golf course related news item but it is an important issue.
These are the wildfires in the Austin, Texas area that are close to my home and family. Over 1000 homes have already been destroyed. This part of Texas is in a 3 to 4 year stage 2 drought. The dry conditions make it difficult to contain the fires.