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Friday, September 16, 2011

Aerification Process

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 greens are then topdressed with sand to  fill in the aerificaiton holes
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
           The greens are rolled to make them smooth
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.

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