Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall Aeration Schedule

Fall is just around the corner and with it comes aeration. We've done enough talking about excessive thatch and its detrimental effect on our playing surfaces and this is our oppurtunity to do something about it. Core aeration's is one of the best ways to deal with excessive thatch. Not only does the mechanical removal dilute the accumulation, the air added to the soil via the process creates a healthy environment for the soil where soil microbes can do their job and help degrade the thatch itself.

The removal process is disruptive as we all know so we want to keep everyone informed as to the what's and whens of this fall's aeration. Below is a schedule of what we will be doing. We have naturally come up with plan to work around the events coming up at the end of September.

                                        Granite Bay Golf Club Fall 2010 Aeration Schedule

Week                              Process                                                        Comments

August 30 - September 3           Start Core Aerating Rough                                              Get started on an area that will not
                                                                                                                                          effect events late in September

September 6 - September 10      Overseed  bermuda tees & approaches                         For effective overseed we cant wait till
                                                                                                                                          mid October.

September 13 - September 17     Continue Core Aerating Rough                                      Minimal effect on Events

September 20 - September 24     Continue Core Aerating Rough                                      Minimal effect on Events

September 27 - October 1          Continue Core Aerating Rough                                       Minimal effect on Events

October 4 - October 8                Aerate Putting Surfaces                                                   1/2" tines on 1-1/2 x 1-1/2 centers

October 11 - October 15            Core Aerate & De-thatch Fairways                                Afternoon procedures

October 18 - October 22            Core Aerate & De-thatch Fairways                                Afternoon procedures

October 25 - November 5           Core Aerate Green Surrounds                                        Time consuming, tedious work

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