Fall 2016 Fairway Aeration
Linked here is another article from the USGA that addresses Aeration Timing and the perfectly legitimate question of why do "they always aerify the golf course when everything is perfect". Also in the spirit of managing expectations and communicating the hows and whys of what we are doing on the golf course, below is another pictorial covering recent fairway aeration for those interested members.
|First pass on #15 fairway. The voids are where the aerifier was lifted over a sprinkler head, yardage marker and / or drainage inlets.
|Step #4 - Vacuuming / Sweeping debris. All of this debris is stockpiled and composted in the nursery green area off of #4 fairway.
|Another reason for the alternating closures is this is a noisy, dusty dirty process that is best done without the presence of golfers.
|Step #5 - Blowing behind the sweeper to get the surface even cleaner.
|Step #6 - Mowing to clean up little tufts that are drug up during the cleanup process.
|Step #7 - Broadcasting seed. There are many ways to introduce seed to the turf canopy. Here we are broadcasting seed over the aerified, cleaned & mowed fairway surface ahead of applying sand topdressing.
|Ryegrass in the spreader hopper.
|Step #8 - Apply sand topdressing.
|Old Tom Morris. His battle cry was rumored to be " more sand!"