Friday, August 22, 2014

Post aerification at Legacy Hills

The Legacy Hills post aerification clean up didn't go as well as it normally does this time around. We had mechanical problems with equipment and we were forced to stretch the process out an extra day. 
 The roller that we rented to smooth the greens out post aerification broke down on us and we could not get another one until Tuesday, this put everything out of order on the process and in turn made everything go less than perfect to say the least. We apologize for not posting this to the Blog sooner. 
After walking the greens earlier today I can safely say they are healing up nicely and will be in excellent shape in just a few more days.  
 Another topic that was recently asked about was in regards to a set of the blue tees on #12, we sprayed a selective herbicide to eradicate the goose grass on that tee, we do not spray Round Up on Bermuda grass due to the fact that it is a non-selective herbicide and it would kill everything. So all the yellowing turf you see are the results of us trying to get rid of the goose grass. That tee is receiving extra attention and will be back in use shortly. 
Cowan Creek will be aerified on Monday and we anticipate a much smoother clean up and recovery process. 
All of the greens at each course will be in great shape for the upcoming events of the fall season. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Greens Aerification

Greens Aerification


It’s that time of the year once again, we get out those dreaded machines that “mess up the greens” and start our aerification practices. Please realize that aerification is for the long term health of the turf and will ultimately promote a healthier green.  

“Aerification (also known as aeration) achieves three important objectives. It relieves soil compaction, it provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a green’s roots and it reduces or prevents the accumulation of excess thatch.

Like so many things, the quality of a good putting green is more than skin deep. In fact, the condition of a green has a lot to do with what goes on below the surface. In order for grass to grow at 1/8-inch, it must have deep, healthy roots. Good roots demand oxygen. In good soil, they get the oxygen from tiny pockets of air trapped between soil and sand particles.

Over time, the traffic from golfer’s feet (as well as mowing equipment) tends to compact the soil under the putting green – particularly when the soil contains a lot of clay. When soil becomes compacted, the air pockets on which the roots depend are crushed, and the roots are essentially left gasping for air. Without oxygen, the grass plants become weaker and will eventually wither and die.

Aerification is a mechanical process that creates more air space in the soil and promotes deeper rooting, thus helping the grass plants stay healthy. In most cases, it’s done by removing half-inch cores (those plugs you sometimes see near a green or in fairways) from the compacted soil, allowing for an infusion of air and water that brings a resurgence of growth. The spaces are then filled with sand “topdressing” that helps the soil retain air space and makes it easier for roots to grow downward.

Older greens often are constructed of soils with significant amounts of silt, clay and fine organic particles that are prone to compaction. Filling aerification holes with sand improves drainage and resists compaction. The periodic introduction of sand to a green’s top layer can, over time, avoid or postpone expensive rebuilding or renovation of greens.

Finally, growing of turf adds to a layer of organic matter on the surface. This layer, called thatch, is an accumulation of dead stems, leaves and roots. A little organic matter makes for a resilient green, but too much invites diseases and insects. Topdressing with sand can prevent thatch buildup, and aerification is one of the best ways to reduce an existing layer and prevent an excess of thatch from becoming established.”

For several days after the aerification, the greens will not be as smooth as desired and the patience of all golfers will be tried to a certain extent. But rest assured, the greens will quickly return to a normal, smooth putting surface and will be all the healthier for the effort.