We successfully aerified the front 9 greens yesterday with what turned out to be a gorgeous day weather wise. Below are some pictures of the process we are using this year.
The first step is applying a generous layer of sand. As you can tell, we got a very early start since this step takes a while! Here is a video link to the actual aerification. We have 2 tractor mounted aerifiers that put 1/2″ holes in the soil profile, spaced 1″ x 2″.
After the sand is dry, we take a tow brush and broom the sand to get most of it into the holes, as well as more evenly distribute it. After that, we take a blower and blow the remaining sand into the holes. We have incorporated a blower more into this process due to it being a less-abrasive alternative to dragging sand in.
Unfortunately, inclement weather has postponed our efforts to get the back 9 aerified. The topdressing and brushing process needs complete dryness for a successful result, and the current radar is not giving us the 7 hour window necessary to complete the above process.
We will perform this necessary practice on Monday, October 8th, which is a closed day for the golf course. Fairway aerification will start the following day, with all 18 holes open during that process.
If the weather cooperates for us, during the weekend the front 9 greens will be rolled daily. The back 9 greens will be mowed and rolled as they would be normally. Any additional sand that is necessary will be applied when weather allows.
I appreciate your understanding and patience while we work with Mother Nature to complete this part of our agronomic calendar. If you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great weekend!